Letters to the Editor, June 10, 2013

Repulse Bay beach could be better. Photo: Martin Chan

I would like to make some observations about Hong Kong's premier beach, Repulse Bay, although they may equally apply to all gazetted beaches. Repulse Bay is a mecca for tourists, a place for the people of Hong Kong to soothe away the vicissitudes of urban living and an attraction that our Tourism Board puts near the top of its list.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 3:35am

Mali militants still a threat to West Africa, says UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: AFP

AUN force is to take over security duties from French forces who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country.

9 Jun 2013 - 4:33pm

First China, now Japan moves to woo African nations at economic forum

South African singer and Unicef goodwill ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka shakes hands with Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe. Photo: AFP

Japan will this weekend welcome dozens of leaders from Africa as it looks to boost economic ties and wrestle resources and market share away from an increasingly assertive China. The five-yearly Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) - co-organised by Japan, the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Union - will bring together leaders from more than 40 African countries.

31 May 2013 - 10:13am

Google plans to use high altitude balloons to bring Wi-fi to remote Africa

Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit Wi-fi signals across hundreds of square kilometres.

30 May 2013 - 2:51am

African companies in fear of China's corporate invasion

Xi Jinping with South African leader Jacob Zuma. Photo: EPA

Bafana Ndendwa has conflicting feelings when he sees the increased presence of Chinese companies in Africa. On one hand, the managing director of a construction company in South Africa believes companies such as his can learn from their Chinese counterparts who are doing business in the continent. On the other hand, those companies are cutting into his profits.

7 May 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

China rivalled US for aid to Africa since 2000

China rivalled US for aid to Africa since 2000

China committed more than US$75 billion to Africa in the past decade, coming close to the level of US money although the nature of Beijing's support was far different, a study said.

1 May 2013 - 4:03am

Hong Kong ship owners seize chance as Africa trade soars

Burgeoning trade between China and Africa and sales by German shipping investment funds have combined to create opportunities for two fledgling Hong Kong ship owners.

8 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

China frees Tibetan activist and jails Guangdong cult member

Qiangba Puncog, Tibet Vice Party Secretary, and Padma Choling, Chairman of Tibet's People's Congress, during the National People's Congress in Beijing, March 8, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

EconomyBloomberg China is set to surpass the US as the world’s top crude importer next year.Financial Times

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Has China been a friend in Africa?

Has China been a friend in Africa?

Despite its undeniable symbolism, Xi Jinping's first trip to Africa as China's president hasn't brought any substantial change to Beijing's rhetorical approach to the resource-rich continent. In his opening address in Tanzania, Xi drew on the same pompous language used by his predecessors.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:43am 4 comments

Chinese businessmen slow to exploit potential for farming in Africa

Jin Jianzheng in his Chinese cabbage field in Khartoum.

The Chinese government has long encouraged businesses to invest in agriculture abroad, and Xi Jinping's first foreign trip as president in the past week involved visits to three African countries.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 2 comments

Xi's African balancing act

President Xi Jinping hands over the symbolic golden key to Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete. Photo: AFP

China sees itself as the world's biggest developing country, so it is natural that President Xi Jinping should have devoted so much time during his first overseas trip since taking office to the budding African continent. No nation does as much trade with the region, nor is there another so dedicated to cementing good relations.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Rubbery numbers still add up to big role in Africa

President Xi Jinping arrives in Durban, South Africa, on a trip that also took him to Tanzania and the Republic of Congo. Photo: EPA

Although there is debate on whether China is Africa's top investor, analysts agree President Xi Jinping's visit to the continent underscores China's continued role as a major economic player there.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

China jails 20 on terrorism charges and the debate about the Chinese Dream continues

A Uighur from Xinjiang on Tian'anmen Square in Beijing on March 3, 2013. (Photo: AFP)

SecurityBeijing News* New regulations for military personal on treason enter into force on Thursday, narrowly redefining state secrets, defections and adding the sale of military real estate.Reuters

28 Mar 2013 - 7:07am

'Father of modern African literature' Chinua Achebe dead at 82

Nigerian-born Chinua Achebe published his debut novel in 1958. Photo: AP

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the revered "father of modern African literature', has died aged 82, his family said yesterday. Best known internationally for his novel Things Fall Apart, which depicts the collision between British rule and traditional Igbo culture in his native southeast Nigeria, Achebe was also a strong critic of graft and misrule in his country.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Ahead of Russia and Africa visit, Xi pledges support for development

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi, who became president on Thursday, will pay a state visit to Russia from Friday, followed by a tour of three African nations: Tanzania, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will also attend the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, from March 26 to 27.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment