East Africa

Running with the Kenyans

Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn Ballantine Books (e-book)

Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

PM who presided over Iceland's collapse faces verdict

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sudan vows to protect mainland workers

Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said in Hong Kong yesterday that his country would do what it could to protect Chinese workers there, although it had yet to implement any concrete measures.

The issue of Chinese nationals' safety was raised in Karti's meetings in Beijing this week after 29 Chinese workers were kidnapped in January.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rethink foreign policies as interests expand abroad

As mainland officials are stepping up efforts to secure the release of 29 Chinese road workers held hostage in Sudan for more than a week, state media and online blogs are bursting with calls by mainlanders for the central government to find ways to better protect Chinese nationals overseas, including suggestions that Beijing should consider deploying its armed forces abroad.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

S Sudan told to help free kidnapped workers

Beijing has demanded that South Sudan help secure the release of 29 Chinese workers held by Sudanese rebels, and will appeal to the African Union to help in the negotiations, state media reported yesterday.

The People's Daily, quoting an unnamed source, reported that a Chinese team had arrived in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, for talks with the government.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Attacks against nationals in Africa played down

State-run media said yesterday that attacks against Chinese workers in Africa were only sporadic incidents, denying that Chinese citizens living on the continent were more vulnerable to violence as Beijing expands its influence.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hidden risks in African strategy

China is enthusiastically flexing its diplomatic and economic muscle in Africa, promising more aid for the continent at a two-day African Union summit at the organisation's new, Chinese-funded headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sponsor meets child

A Hong Kong student who has been sponsoring a schoolgirl in Mozambique flew to visit her.

Michael Wong Yu-him, 23, started sponsoring Anaterca Machaieie in June 2005 when he began working as a part-time tutor.

29 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

Channing Lee, who witnessed the hardship faced by ordinary Kenyans while undertaking charity work in Nairobi's slums last November, is urging Hongkongers to open up their hearts and contribute to an emergency relief fund to help the violence-plagued African nation

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Greatest Race victory consolation for Kenya after loss of titles

Kenya made amends for losing both the men's and women's marathon titles to Asian runners by snatching the overall title in the Greatest Race On Earth series.

Cyprian Kiogara Mwobi made sure Kenya's flag still flew high as he finished second in the marathon, a result that gave Kenya B the men's title and the US$100,000 winner's prize.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Conflict of interests

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.

17 May 2007 - 12:00am

Investment in Africa 'ignoring social standards'

Financiers urged to boost engagement with rights NGOs

Human rights activists have urged mainland financial institutions to establish a dialogue with ordinary Africans and environmental groups when they plan projects on the continent, to raise the quality of their investments and improve China's international reputation.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

509 days to go

When the scribes were tasked with putting the Olympic Charter to paper, one can imagine they let out all-knowing, deep sighs of scepticism as they wrote down paragraph two of the 'Fundamental Principles'.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Courting African hearts

President Hu Jintao's 12-day, eight-nation African diplomatic tour this month has come under scrutiny from the western mainstream media. Some dismiss Mr Hu's diplomatic efforts as simply a play for the oil and mineral reserves of these African nations. Others speculate whether Beijing is pursuing a new role as a leader of underdeveloped nations.

20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

China's responsibility on the world stage

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 have concentrated on trade, aid and investment, but with Sudan among the nations on the itinerary starting today, politics must also now be broached.

30 Jan 2007 - 12:00am