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  1. Investment in Africa 'ignoring social standards'

    Posted Mar 24th 2007, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Network, told a Washington forum on the role of the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim) in Africa on Thursday. 'This will help the Chinese develop investment standards based on common and acknowledged practices,' he said. There has been growing international concern about the environmental and social impact of China's rapidly increasing investment in Africa. The World Bank ...

  2. Conflict of interests

    Posted May 17th 2007, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... China wants to protect its commercial ties with Sudan while avoiding global condemnation, writes Michael Richardson Sudan, Africa's biggest country by land area, is a long way from China. Yet in the past decade, the nations have developed a remarkably cosy relationship- one founded on major Chinese commercial interests in the North African nation, chiefly oil. In recent ...

  3. China's responsibility on the world stage

    Posted Jan 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... President Hu Jintao's third trip to Africa in four years shows the importance Beijing attaches to the world's poorest, but one of its most resource-rich, continents. Past visits ... people have been killed, 2.5 million more made refugees and tens of thousands of women raped while the government claims otherwise- is ample evidence. Elsewhere in Africa, endemic corruption ...

  4. Courting African hearts

    Posted Feb 20th 2007, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... and mainstream media quick to find fault with China's economic and diplomatic efforts in Africa. While Beijing may not have Washington's angelic human rights record, it supported many of the liberation movements that ousted dictatorial and racist governments. Beijing is now writing off the same debts that cemented cyclical poverty in Africa, building the infrastructure that western aid ...

  5. 509 days to go

    Posted Mar 18th 2007, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... Beijing's close relationship with war-ravaged Sudan is at odds with the ethical principles of the Olympic movement. Peter Simpson reports When the scribes were tasked with putting the Olympic Charter to paper, one can imagine they let out all-knowing ...

  6. Africa's awakening stirs China and India

    Posted Nov 07th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ..., are their European and North American competitors aware that Rip Van Winkle is waking up in Africa? The fact that a top Chinese banker brackets Africa with Asia is one more sign that Asians themselves see ... Jonathan Power The purchase of a 20 per cent stake in South Africa's highly successful Standard Bank by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is the biggest foreign direct ...

  7. Entree: Cape Town

    Posted May 30th 2007, 12:00am by Alex Frew Mcmillan

    ... surprise, surprise- on the rocks, just north of the city. It's on the long curve of a windswept beach that looks directly back across Table Bay at the city and Table Mountain. If you're ...

  8. 'Nation's friendliest town' split over Sudanese refugee families

    Posted Jan 15th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... in a conservative town like Tamworth, which is 600km north of Sydney. Australia's answer to Nashville, the town's annual country music festival, which starts on Friday, attracts 50,000 visitors ...

  9. Ethiopian troops force Islamists from their final bastion

    Posted Jan 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Reuters in Kismaayo Islamists fled overnight from their final stronghold round the southern port of Kismaayo in what could be the end of a nearly two-week war with the Ethiopian-backed government, residents said yesterday. Several thousand Supreme Islamic Courts Council (SICC) fighters had made a last stand north of Kismaayo, but they fled after advancing Ethiopian and government ...

  10. Divine Shadows

    Posted Nov 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tunisian vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef (above) fuses North Africa's Sufi music with classical, electronic and jazz. Accompanied by guitarist Nguyen Le, tabla player Jatinder Thakur and the Koehne String Quartet. Today, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$360 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2370 1044 ...




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