Africa summit

China Seeks to Overcome Credibility Gap in Africa – Lindsay Beck

Reuters follows up on pledges made by China during last year’s Africa Summit: When China played host to nearly 50 African leaders in Beijing last year it sought to cement its friendship with the continent with promises on everything from tariff exemptions to tourism to training. Six months later, as Shanghai welcomes delegates for the […]

China Courts Africa With Aid, Projects – Rukmini Callimachi

From AP: China paid for the marble and tile parliament building soaring above the crumbling homes of this former Portuguese colony, and is also promising a dam and a military hospital _ all with none of the political strings Western donors might attach. Intent on cementing ties across Africa, China is active even in impoverished […]

China Launches Training Courses for Senior African Auditors – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily : A workshop to train senior auditors from African countries opened Sunday in south China’s island province of Hainan. As a consensus reached by China and African nations at the just-closed Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the workshop will greatly enhance the exchange and cooperation between the auditing departments […]

African Media Reacts to China Summit

Now that the China-Africa summit is over, the media throughout Africa is publishing more critical reports of China’s recent surge of activity and investment in Africa. From Zimbabwe’s Financial Gazette: Admittedly, China is now indisputably a key player in the global economy. But that is not the real reason why it has become fashionable for […]

China’s power – Business Day

From South African daily newspaper Business Day: LAST weekend, China’s President Hu Jintao hosted more than 40 African leaders in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where all grand occasions of state and those of the Communist Party are held. All African countries except the five that recognise Taiwan were represented at what […]

China – Was Museveni With Beggars Or Serious Africans? – The Monitor

From Uganda’s The Monitor, an African view of the recent China-Africa summit held in Beijing: While the Sino-Africa relationship is supposed to be more “brotherly” and equal than with what the continent has had with the West for the last 120 years, the body language in Beijing suggests that we are continuing the relationship of […]

China, Africa sign deals, end summit – Chen Aizhu

From Reuters: Chinese and African leaders wrapped up their biggest summit since the founding of Communist China in 1949 on Sunday, signing deals worth $1.9 billion as Beijing builds its influence in the resource-rich continent. The deals, signed between 12 Chinese firms and African governments and companies, followed Chinese President Hu Jintao‘s pledge on Saturday […]

African heads of state gather for a summit in China – Economist

From The This week’s summit in Beijing between the Chinese government and the leaders of more than 40 African countries has drawn attention to the increasingly important role that China is now playing on the continent. It is unclear whether this role is mutually advantageous, however. Investment inflows are often beneficial, but China is […]

China Courts Africa, Angling for Strategic Gains – Joseph Kahn

More coverage of the China-Africa summit now ongoing in Beijing. From the New York Times: China’s enthusiasm for Africa has raised concerns among many in the West while the United States is distracted by its efforts to curb terrorism, and France, Britain and other former colonial powers exert less influence in Africa than they once […]

China Pledges to Double Aid to Africa – Joe Mcdonald

From AP: President Hu Jintao opened a summit with dozens of African leaders Saturday by pledging to double China’s aid to Africa, provide billions of dollars in loans and build hospitals and schools as it tries to expand economic and political ties. China is trying to present itself as a partner in Africa’s economic and […]

China defends dealings with African nations accused of human rights abuses – AP

From The Associated Press, via The International Herald Tribune: Billboards of elephants, giraffes and sweeping African savannas are covering Beijing high-rises. Police have had holidays canceled to help ease gridlock in the capital. Conference centers are being carpeted with grass. Beijing is making unusually lavish efforts to welcome leaders and officials from 48 African nations […]

Cars to be Kept out of Beijing Roads During Important Conference – Josie Liu

From The China in Transition blog: More than half of the vehicles belonging to government agencies, military units and state-owned companies in Beijing are ordered to be kept at home from Nov.1 to Nov.6, when the China-Africa Cooperation Conference will be held, Beijing Evening News reported. Meanwhile, many roads in Beijing will be blocked, and […]

China Defends Its Expansion Into Africa – Richard McGregor

The Financial Times reports on the upcoming China-Africa summit to be held in Beijing next week, which about 40 heads of African states are slated to attend: China said Thursday that all 48 African countries invited to the two-day summit next week would send representatives, with most confirming their heads of state would attend. The […]



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