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Ethiopia-China on Dynamic Economic Relations: Mekonen

Ethiopia and China started economic relations about 100 B.C when the Han dynasty of China and the Axumite empire of Ethiopia had trade exchanges. The two countries had made official relationship when they opened embassies in their respective capitals beginning from 1972. This relationship has reached a greater level over …

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Chinese Envoy Dr Lu Youqing – How to Hit 7 percent on FDI

Tanzania needs to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) to realise its goal of attaining seven percent economic growth, according to the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Lu Youqing. Dr Lu told a news conference on Wednesday that Tanzania’s investment needs in 2016/17 amounted to $13.422 billion, while corresponding domestic …

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Why African Nations Welcome China: Prof Michiko Kitaba

Michiko Kitaba, a professor at Kansai University wrote an analysis and concludes that at a time when China’s growth is responsible for much of the world’s economic dynamism, Western media outlets have taken to publishing reports urging caution in the face of the country’s expanding influence. These reports have criticised …

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African travel companies more excited with Chinese visitors?

Africa is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination among adventure-seeking Chinese tourists. The numbers of visitors who went to Africa in 2016 was up sharply due to looser visa restrictions and new direct flights between China and Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa among other popular destinations. Chinese arrivals in South …

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Ethiopian parliament approves infrastructure loan agreement with Chinese bank

Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a 250-million-U.S.-dollar loan agreement made with China’s Export-Import (Exim) Bank to finance major infrastructure construction in the country. The loan agreement, already approved by the Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives, the lower house, would finance supply and construction of 400-kv power transmission projects of Genale …

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Tanzania-Zambia railway project shows benefit of Chinese aid

The 1,860.5 kilometer-long Tazara railway spanning from Tanzania’s commercial center Dar es Salaam to Zambia’s Central Province represents one of China’s largest foreign aid projects. A tripartite agreement was signed in September 1967 to build the railroad and construction began in 1970. The railway opened in 1975 and in July …

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Ambassador Qiu Meet Namibian Chamber of Environment

On January 4, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Qiu Xuejun met with the representatives of Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) led by its CEO, Dr. Chris Brown and exchanged ideas on environment and wildlife protection. Ambassador Qiu said the Chinese government holds a long-standing and clear-cut position on the protection of …

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Africa-China exports fall by 40% after China slowdown

African exports to China fell by almost 40% in 2015, China’s customs office says. China is Africa’s biggest single trading partner and its demand for African commodities has fuelled the continent’s recent economic growth. The decline in exports reflects the recent slowdown in China’s economy. This has, in turn, put …

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Chinese-funded Silkroad Int’l Bank opens in Djibouti

The Silkroad International Bank (SIB) opened service in Djibouti on Wednesday in a drive to promote the financial sector development in Djibouti and in the entire Africa. The Silkroad International Bank is the first Chinese-funded enterprise to obtain banking license on the African continent. It is also the first joint …

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Chinese Media Make Inroads Into African Continent

For years, China has been pumping billions of dollars across the African continent to build large-scale infrastructure projects and grant cheap loans in exchange for access to the continent’s natural resources and growing markets. And lately, along with its economic and political engagements, Beijing has also been making significant strides …

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Tanzania Joins China-Led Big Economic Strategy – Hassan

Tanzania has been selected among seven countries to join China One Belt, One Road strategy. The move is in line with the fifth phase government’s initiatives to link the country with big business strategies in Asia, Europe and Africa. Other countries that have been selected along with Tanzania include Malaysia, …

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Cassava Pact With Chinese Firm ‘A Big Boost’ for Tanzania

THE government has described a-one billion US dollar partnership agreement on commercialisation of cassava farming and processing with Tanzania Agricultural Export Processing Zone Limited and Epoch Agriculture (TAEPZ) from China as a big boost towards industrialisation. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr Adelhelm Meru said …

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Africa’s leading conservationists hail China’s ivory ban

The Chinese government’s decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa’s elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking …

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China Can Do, Tanzania Also Can Do: Dr Lu Youguing

The Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Lu Youguing, addresses the Tanzanian delegation of district commissioners after they returned home from a study tour in China recently. In the process of realizing economic development, livelihood improvement and social stability in Tanzania, the cadre team is very important. Chairman Mao Zedong, the …

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China Pushes Agenda of Peaceful Co-Existence Model

China believes that both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and people are a crucial force for maintaining regional peace and development. The China-Africa People-to- People exchange is a strong complement to state relations and a great force to support the friendship between countries. The China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) is …

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About 200 Tanzania’s Factories On Dar-China Plan

At least 200 factories are planned for launching in the country within the next three years with China’s support, a move that will boost Tanzania’s drive to become an industrial nation. The Head of Communications in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Mindi Kasiga, told reporters in …

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Zimbabwe Exports 35 Jumbos to China – wildlife authorities

Zimbabwe has exported 35 African elephants from Hwange National Park to China after satisfying Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) requirements on wildlife translocation.The translocation also followed a visit to the Asian country by local game stakeholders to inspect facilities and conditions under which the jumbos would live. …

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China’s Africa Policy Addresses Poverty

China’s policy towards Africa has the potential to lift the continent out of poverty if all its contents are implemented accordingly. In the last nine years, the Asian economic giant released two position papers on its policy on Africa, which act as guidelines to its dealings with the continent. The …

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Pharmaceutical industries see opportunity in Africa

While Chinese companies have made massive investments in various industries in the African market – such as construction, telecommunications and electrical power – there is minimal investment in lucrative pharmaceuticals. But the prospect of Chinese companies making inroads in the market are high. TR Medical Instruments Co and Wego are recent …

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Tanzania commends China for banning ivory trade

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa on Saturday commended China for banning ivory trade and urged other countries across the world to follow suit. “The banning of ivory trade in other countries like what China has done will lead to ending poaching in Tanzania,” said Mkapa who ruled Tanzania between 1995 …

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China-built Jubek school inaugurated in South Sudan

Authorities in South Sudan’s central state of Jubek have inaugurated Jubek Model Secondary School built with support from the Chinese government. The new school located in the suburb of Gudele, west of the South Sudanese capital of Juba, is built using a grant of 8 million U.S. dollars provided by …

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Africa lauds China’s move to close ivory market trade

A coalition move of 15 African countries on Friday welcomed China’s commitment to closing its domestic ivory markets by the end of 2017, saying the move signals Beijing’s goodwill in protecting Africa’s elephants. The countries that are members of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) said in a joint statement issued …

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Chinese company is taking power connection to Kenya

Three months after the opening of Kenya’s first transformer manufacturing plant, Dylan Yu, managing director of Yocean Group Limited, has an even more ambitious plan – to diversify products to better serve the country’s power industry. Yocean has already come to an agreement with its manufacturing partners in China’s Jiangsu …

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Chinese construction company to build tallest building in Djibouti

Chinese construction giant China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on Thursday laid foundation stone to build its Djibouti headquarter. The new 23-storey twin-towers, worth 70 million USD, will be the tallest structure in the horn of African country once completed. Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Chinese Ambassador to Djibouti Fu …

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Nigeria to adhere to “One-China” policy: spokesperson

Nigeria recognizes and will adhere to the “One-China” policy, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson said Thursday. In a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said nothing has happened so far to change that …

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Namibian association welcomes China’s ivory ban move

The Namibian Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA), along with other conservationists have welcomed the bold move by Chinese authorities, to gradually stop the processing and sales of ivory for commercial purposes by the end of 2017. The Executive Committee of NAPHA on Tuesday said that, if, indeed executed, the closing down …

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Ethiopian Airlines to add direct flight to Chengdu

Ethiopian Airlines recently announced expansion of its network to Chengdu, the capital city of southwestern Sichuan province, marking the fifth Chinese city in the airline’s expanding map. The new flight is due to start on June 5 and will fly between Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and Chengdu. It will be …

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Survey shows positive outlook toward China’s investments

Findings from Afrobarometer’s survey of 54,000 participants in 36 African countries released recently shows that the majority viewed China’s economic and political activities as a welcome contribution. The survey focuses on the development of both the economic and political activities that showed a positive attitude toward China’s investments in infrastructure …

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Kenyan officials, conservationists laud China’s ivory ban

China’s latest ban on processing and sale of ivory products marked a historic milestone in efforts to save African elephants from poaching, Kenyan wildlife officials said on Tuesday. Richard Leakey, chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), hailed the Chinese government’s decision, saying it will revitalize global action on illegal …

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China Ivory Trade Ban gets Prince William praises

Prince William on Monday praised China’s decision to ban all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. The Duke of Cambridge said the move could save elephants from extinction. China, which has the biggest ivory market in the world, made the announcement following a resolution at the …

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China Willing to Strengthen Security Cooperation With Algeria

China seeks to strengthen its security cooperation with Algeria, said Sunday in Algiers, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai. “China seeks to strengthen cooperation with Algeria in the security field,” the Chinese official told the press following the audience granted to him by Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine …

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Stumbling Blocks for FDI Flow Mentioned at CNIE workshop

A workshop heard on Tuesday that Chinese investors are committed to invest in Africa but are held back by lack of proper information on the continent’s business environment. The Secretary General of Chinese Follow-up Committee for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Amb Lin Songtian said African think tanks and media …

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Angola and China Want to Strengthen Cultural Cooperation

The strengthening of cooperation and cultural exchange between Angola and China was analysed on Tuesday in Luanda during an audience granted by the Angolan Culture minister, Carolina Cerqueira, to the Chinese ambassador to Angola, Cui Aimin. The Chinese diplomat, who was impressed by the Angolan culture, said that the cooperation …

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China, South Africa to match mine wits possibly exceed Australia’s position

South Africa and China will look to match – or possibly exceed – Australia’s leading position in underground mine communications and geospatial informatics through the extended mining research partnership between the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT). Wits and CUMT earlier this month …

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Ethiopia hails Sino-Ethiopian cooperation in various areas

Ethiopia and China have been cooperating in various development areas, benefiting the people of both countries, and such cooperation would be a model for bilateral relations between countries, Ethiopian finance minister said on Thursday. Abraham Tekeste, Ethiopian Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, made the remarks during a handing over …

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China hands over hydropower rehabilitation project to Ethiopia

China on Thursday handed over a hydropower plant rehabilitation project to Ethiopia. With an installed generating capacity of 6.6MW, the Aba-Samuel Hydropower Plant Rehabilitation Project was carried out in two years by PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation, for which the Chinese government provided a grant amounting to 95 million yuan (around …

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Wang Yong: Chinese fund invests 4 billion USD in Africa

The China Africa Development Fund (CAD Fund), an equity investment fund managed by China Development Bank, had invested 4 billion U.S. dollars in Africa as of the end of November, authorities said Wednesday. Since its establishment in 2007, the fund has invested in 88 projects in 37 African countries. The …

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Uganda Hails China’s Skilling of government Officials

China’s training programs of skilling African government officials are critical in improving service delivery that will fast track development on the continent, a senior government official has said. Geoffrey Turyamhika, assistant Commissioner at Uganda’s ministry of finance, told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday that over time there has been …

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Africa needs China to supplement its economic ambitions

It’s over two decades now since China has pronounced its immense support to help Africa to enhance its economic ambitions and help grow the continent’s GDP to match other continents in the world. Since then we’ve seen China keeping up to its promise with the ever support given to various countries in …

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China helping rural Kenyans access adequate healthcare

Four modular container clinics donated by the Chinese government will be used to provide healthcare in remote parts of Kenya. The donation made possible by the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is valued at 2.75 million yuan ($400, 000) to the Kenyan government. At …

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Gabon’s infrastructure plans get major boost with loans from China

China agreed on Wednesday to provide preferential loans to Gabon to support the African country’s infrastructure projects. President Xi Jinping and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba oversaw the Beijing signing ceremony of four bilateral cooperative documents, two of them including preferential loans. China would provide preferential loans for a perimeter …

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Xi offers congratulations to Gambian president-elect

Chinese President Xi Jinping has extended congratulations to Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow. In a congratulatory message sent on Friday, Xi said that China and Gambia have been fully carrying out friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas since the two countries resumed their diplomatic relations in March. Facts have …

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Fan Changlong: China willing to strengthen ties with Djibouti

China is willing to strengthen security cooperation and enhance dialogue and coordination on major international and regional issues with Djibouti, a senior Chinese military official said. Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when meeting with Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, Chief of General Staff of the Djibouti …

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UNAIDS participates in China-Africa Children Summer Camp

Chinese version of award-winning book is launched at the Opening Ceremony. The China-Africa Children Summer Camp opened on December 5 under the theme of “Love in the Sunshine”, bringing together 60 young people living with or affected by HIV from China, Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Held on the grounds …

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Chinese doctors launch cataract surgery operation in Burundi

About 200 Burundian cataract patients are to be operated upon by Chinese doctors in a two-week campaign dubbed “Walking towards Light”, the Burundian health minister said Friday at the launch of the campaign. “Chinese doctors have deployed here to provide free operations to those patients,” said Burundian Health and AIDS …

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China deploys female peacekeepers in South Sudan

China will send an infantry battalion of 700 peacekeepers in South Sudan, including a 13-soldier female squad, the army unit dispatching them said Friday. It is the third batch of Chinese peacekeepers sent to South Sudan. From Sunday, they will take United Nations charter flights to the mission area, replacing …

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China, Sierra Leone sign major cooperative agreements

China and Sierra Leone signed six cooperative documents on Thursday to enhance cooperation in areas including health, finance and diplomacy. President Xi Jinping and his Sierra Leonean counterpart Ernest BaiKoroma witnessed the signing of the agreements in Beijing. Xi said that when the deadly Ebola epidemic was rampant in West …

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China, Sierra Leone upgrades bilateral relationship

China will help Sierra Leone improve its industrialization and public health system, President Xi Jinping said Thursday. Xi and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma witnessed the signing of cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, which covered areas including diplomacy, economy, infrastructure development and health. The two heads of …

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China, Egypt pledge to conjoin developing strategies

China is willing to boost cooperation and step up comprehensive strategic partnership with Egypt, a senior Chinese official said here on Thursday. Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks during his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. “China supports Egypt’s efforts to …

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Sudan, China agree to elevate ties to strategic level

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) agreed on Wednesday to elevate bilateral relations to a “strategic level.” The parties reached the consensus at the fourth round of high-level talks in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the talks co-chaired by NCP Deputy Chairman Ibrahim Mahmoud …

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BitPesa automates payments between Africa and China

Pan-African digital payments startup BitPesa has expanded its payment automation services in order to deliver faster, more cost-effective transactions between Africa and China. China-Africa trade increased to more than US$170 billion in 2013, according to the World Bank, but the cost of sending payments from Africa to China remains high, …

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Chinese firm provides scholarship for Ethiopian university students

A Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG), has launched a three-year scholarship initiative to financially benefit outstanding Ethiopian university students. The sponsorship, launched on Tuesday, is part of XCMG’s global initiative to realize its motto, “XCMG, Making a Better World,” in which six countries had been …

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Africa Hub team pay courtesy visit to BBC

Africa Hub team, Vincent Dai and Clint Ferreira, visited the offices of the Black Business Council (BBC) in Joburg last Friday to establish working relations. Dai and Ferreira were met by BBC executives Zitha Dube and Sindiswa Mzamo to share ideas within the business sector. The team was afforded an …

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Reporters on trip to discover China-Africa cooperation fruits

A joint reporting activity that involves major media outlets of China and Africa has been launched. Reporters will visit Chinese-funded enterpriese and research institutes in Tanzania and Kenya to find out how much progress has been made in China-Africa cooperation. Sun Zhijun, with the publicity department of the Communist Party …

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News Journalists visit Chinese enterprises in East Africa

More than 40 journalists from China and Africa are visiting Chinese companies in Tanzania and Kenya. The tour, dubbed as ‘Chinese Enterprises in Africa’, kicks off in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Wang Tongxuan has more. The interview event includes more than 40 reporters from China and Africa. China’s …

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China donates $1.2m to African Union mission in Somalia

The Chinese government has donated $1.2m towards peace efforts in Somalia. The donation will be going to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Smail Chergui, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, used his official twitter handle to make the announcement on Monday. Ambassador Kuang Weilin signed for …

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China donates to disaster fund of drought-hit Namibia

The Chinese Embassy in Namibia on Tuesday donated 44,000 U.S. dollars (610,000 Namibian dollars) to the Namibia National Disaster Emergency fund. At an event in the capital Windhoek, Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah received the donation from the Chinese Charge d’Affaires Wu Wei. Nandi-Ndaitwah said the donation by China …

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BUY RIGHT @ ELECTRONIC WHOLESALE

Electronic Wholesale Shop in China Southern Africa Expo and Trade Centre is making shopping fun with their exciting range of products. The shop which is located on the ground floor of the mall is one of the busiest ever with pioneering products. The shop has been operating at the mall …

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YOU SHOULD TRY ALL NUNU CRAFTS

  Try All Nunu Craftsmen is taking the African tradition craft business to greater heights with their latest designs of art. Try All Nunu Craftsmen design and manufacture light for both outdoor and in-house decorations as well as cutleries. The crafters use animal skins, horns and bones to create their …

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China and Ethiopia boost military ties – Fan Changlong

Military relations between China and Ethiopia have deepened with frequent high-level visits and cooperation in training, medicine, roles in United Nations peacekeeping missions and other fields, said Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. Fan paid an official visit to Ethiopia from Nov 21-23 and held talks with Ethiopian …

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METRO SYSTEM SA RELEASES UNIQUE SOUND

Metro Systems South Africa has top of the range Eminence Sound Speakers to sooth your car and household sound and they are internationally made. The American manufactured Eminence Speakers are rocking the sound waves at the China Southern Africa Expo and Trade Centre. The shop is the only supplier of …

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China Africa Resources to raise £1m and become cash shell

China Africa Resources has proposed returning its sole investment to shareholders via a special dividend as new investors plan to transform the business into a cash shell focused on ‘energy metal and minerals’ with a discounted £1m fundraising. The AIM-listed company said that as investors in the proposed fundraising had …

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China, Africa cooperate on freshwater lake protection

Lake Poyang and Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lakes in China and Africa, respectively, are to witness closer cooperation in ecological protection and development, Chinese researchers have said. Chen Kui, a lake ecology expert with the Jiangxi provincial committee for mountain, rivers and lakes development and protection, said that Chinese …

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China’s image soars among Africans

The image of China as a development model has soared among Africans, said a report issued here based on the latest survey findings of Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network. In the eyes of Africans, China rivals the United States in influence and popularity as a development model, according to …

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CHINA KEY PARTNER IN AFRICA’S AGRICULTURE DEV’T

China is playing a significant role towards transformation of Africa’s agriculture sector, which has contributed to food and nutrition security and poverty reduction on the continent. Attaher Maiga, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to Rwanda, said this in an interview at the ongoing African Regional Forum on Agriculture …

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CHINA-AFRICA RELATIONS GROWING STRONG

The debate around China-Africa cooperation is not new, it has been widely debated. There are many views on the topic. China and Africa share a long-standing common historical background. Both continents were colonized by the western powers.   Today they share common developmental goals in the following areas: Education, industrialization …

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Africa industrialization To Be Promoted By China

The commitments by China are set to promote Africa industrialization once they come to fruition, a Senior African Union (AU) official has said. Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an AU development agency, observed on Saturday that the commitments that were made during …

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China commits scholarships, training to boost Africa ties

Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has announced that China will provide 30,000 government scholarships for African students as well as 2,000 educational opportunities with degrees and diplomas, as part of the country’s aim to strengthen cooperation with Africa. Speaking at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit Xi said China will also offer 40,000 …

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China develops unique cooperation model with Africa

As more and more Chinese enterprises expand into Africa, there has been increasing interest in China’s economic activities in the continent. As well as positive feedback, there have also been some negative comments, with China having been accused of neo-colonialism, of grabbing resources and dumping low-quality products. Such criticism is …

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China’s military makes move into Africa

China is establishing its first military base in Africa, according to a top U.S. general, providing yet another sign of its growing reach beyond the Asia Pacific. “They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa,” U.S. Army Gen. David …

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China’s Investment In Africa – The African Perspective

By Steven Kuo JOHANNESBURG – China’s interest in Africa is often said to come on the back of colonial aspirations. Newspaper headlines scream that Chinese firms, backed by the powerful and deep-pocketed Chinese state, will mop-up Africa’s business opportunities to the detriment of Western and indigenous firms. Given these developments, …

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China hints it will end ivory trade

JOHANNESBURG – In the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants, conservationists are hailing as a possible game-changer the unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa. Now they are waiting in suspense …

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China can help build the Africa we want

AU commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma File photo: Sizwe Ndingane

AU commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma File photo: Sizwe Ndingane Cape Town – Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has said that strong relations between Africa and China would help to build the Africa many people envisioned. Speaking on day one of the two-day China-Africa Colloquium on …

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