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Chinese Leader’s Almost Triumphal Trip to Africa – Scott Baldauf and Joseph J. Schatz

From The Christian Science Monitor: Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Africa started out last week with the usual manly handshakes, red-carpet strolls, factory visits, and displays of African dance and music. This tour – which includes Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, and the Seychelles, – serves to fulfill promises China made […]

China’s Influence in Africa Arouses Some Resistance – Michael Wines

From The New York Times: China is often depicted as a juggernaut of sorts, its untroubled and unfettered rise into the ranks of global powers a fact that lesser nations can only watch with awe and trepidation. On Friday, President Hu Jintao of China completed a 12-day tour of Africa that suggested the reality was […]

Is China Becoming the Next Colonial Power in Africa? – To The Point

The To The Point radio program had a special report yesterday on China’s role in Africa: While Chinese President Hu Jintao is on a 12-day tour of Africa, the Pentagon has announced the formation of a new command structure focusing on that continent. Trade between China and Africa has more than quadrupled in the last […]

China Acknowledges Downside in Africa – AP

From AP: Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Africa bearing the usual gifts of money for soccer stadiums and interest-free loans. But he also has brought a new recognition of the downside of China’s aggressive quest for the continent’s resources. These include tensions over mounting trade imbalances, the practices of some Chinese investors and the […]

Grenada Thanks China for New Stadium With a Rendition of Taiwan Anthem – Shanghaiist

From the Shanghaiist: The tiny Caribbean island of Grenada suffered a huge diplomatic embarrassment at the inauguration of a US$40 million China-financed stadium built as a gift from Beijing when its police band decided it would perform the Taiwan anthem instead of the March of the Volunteers. Oops. The Associated Press reports that Chinese Ambassador […]

China’s Hu Seeks to Reassure Africans on Exports – Craig Timberg

From The Washington Post: Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday sought to reassure Africans that his country’s aggressive investments in oil, copper and other natural resources do not amount to a new wave of colonialism, saying China would “not do anything harmful to the interests of Africa and its people. “Hu’s comments, made in Pretoria […]

In Africa, China’s Expansion Begins to Stir Resentment – Yaroslav Trofimov

From The Wall Street Journal: Chinese President Hu Jintao embarked on an upbeat tour of Africa this week, doling out aid and lauding China’s growing economic and political ties with the continent. But there is little love for China in this ramshackle township, which had to be dropped from the agenda of President Hu’s weekend […]

China’s Hu Pledges $800 Million in Zambian Investment By 2010 – Geoffrey Kapembwa

From Bloomberg.com: Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged $800 million in investments in Zambia’s Chambishi area over the next three years as part of an economic and trade agreement with Africa’s biggest copper producer. “It’s our commitment that we assist Zambia develop the various sectors of its economy, including agriculture, health and education,” Hu told reporters […]

Hu Fools Media; Chinese Sudan Policy Unchanged - Andre Pachter

From The China Confidential blog: Don’t believe the disinformation. Contrary to manipulated media reports, China has not changed its no-strings energy diplomacy toward Sudan. Sources say Beijing has no intention of using its powerful political and economic influence with the mass murdering, Islamist-leaning regime of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to pressure it to stop the […]

Chinese Leader Boosts Sudan Ties – BBC

From BBC: Chinese President Hu Jintao has agreed on a series of economic deals in Sudan, which China has protected from UN sanctions over the Darfur conflict, from BBC: China announced an interest-free loan to build a new presidential palace, and said it would build two schools. China already buys most of Sudan’s oil. Mr […]

In Africa, China’s Expansion Begins to Stir Resentment – Yaroslav Trofimov

Page 1 from the Wall Street Journal, some disharmonious sound from warming China-Africa love affair (photo: map of Chambishi, Zambia and a little dressed-down President Hu addressing Chinese construction workers in Cameroon, via wsj.com): CHAMBISHI, Zambia — Chinese President Hu Jintao embarked on an upbeat tour of Africa this week, doling out aid and lauding […]

China’s New Diplomacy Faces Test on Hu’s Africa Visit

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrahndt and Andrew Small write in the International Herald Tribune about a crucial shift in China’s diplomacy, as seen in their recent actions toward Sudan and North Korea: China’s foreign policy transformation has been a while in the making. Its long-standing protection of the Sudanese regime was already unraveling during the China-Africa summit meeting […]

Obstacles face China’s president on 2nd trip to Africa – Tim Johnson

The Mercury News reports on Hu Jintao’s visit to Africa, his second in nine months: Hu’s first stop is Cameroon, then he heads to Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles before returning to China 12 days later. Driven by its resource-hungry economy and seeking greater global clout, China is courting African […]

Sudan Tops Agenda as Chinese President Prepares for Key Africa Tour – AP

From AP via Boston Herald: Twice in the past three years, Chinese President Hu Jintao has been greeted in Africa as the welcomed leader of a new economic and political power. But on a trip starting Tuesday, he also faces growing skepticism about China’s role on the continent. The itinerary for the eight-nation, 12-day tour […]

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