China Daily to publish African edition and the African and Chinese population exchange

May 16, 2012

Africa, Business, International

China Daily to publish African edition as Beijing strengthens voice abroad

State-owned English-language newspaper that claims an independent editorial policy ‘to introduce China to the world’

David Smith
The Guardian

China’s biggest English-language newspaper is to publish a weekly African edition with bureaux in at least two countries on the continent.

The African operation of the state-run China Daily will generate a range of Africa-specific content. It is to be based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with another office penciled in for Nairobi, Kenya, reports said.

The aim is to promote China’s interests in Africa, particularly mineral exploitation and easy immigration policies, and to counter what is seen in some countries as a negative reputation, a source said. “This is a massive thing,” the source said. “China sees Africa as the ultimate source of the minerals it needs for economic growth.”

China’s state media has been given hundreds of millions of dollars to strengthen the country’s voice in the world. At the forefront is the recent opening of a CCTV (China Central Television) operation in New York.

It is not clear how widely China Daily’s African edition will be published or who its target readership is. “I don’t think that is the priority now,” the source added. “This is a symbolic move. They are working it out as they go along.”

In Johannesberg there will be a bureau chief and two staff, relying heavily on freelancers for content, the source added. China Daily has reportedly sent some staff from its Beijing office to work on stories for the launch issue.

South Africa’s City Press newspaper said the paper will be aimed at South Africans and focus mainly on business news. It quoted Gao Anming, China Daily’s deputy chief editor, as saying: “It will aim to introduce China to the world and present news with a Chinese angle.”

Although the paper is state-owned, Gao said the paper had an independent editorial policy and its editorial board members were not government officials. “We do run reports criticising government and suggesting measures on how it should improve.”

China Daily sells 250,000 copies at home each day, City Press reported, with weekly editions selling 170,000 copies in America and 150,000 in Europe. Gao said the paper initially expected to sell 10,000 copies in Africa.An estimated one million Chinese people have moved to work in Africa in the past decade as economic ties deepen. Bilateral trade grew from $10.6bn (£6.67bn) in 2000 to $160bn in 2011, according to Chinese state media.

But the country has faced fierce criticism for propping up dictators and trampling human rights.

Jinghao Lu, an analyst on China-Africa desk at the Johannesburg consultancy Frontier Advisory, welcomed the arrival of China Daily. “Chinese journalists on this continent are currently relatively small in number,” he noted.

“It’s good for more Chinese to understand what’s going on in Africa because of China’s increasing involvement in the continent. It’s such a diverse continent with so many languages and cultures. China wants to improve African news coverage.”

Many of the new paper’s readers would be African rather than Chinese, he added. “China Daily having a special African focus will allow people to see more of what China thinks about Africa and what China understands about Africa. It will be useful for the whole world.”

China Daily was established in June 1981. The editorial office is in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, and the newspaper has branch offices in most major cities of China as well as several major foreign cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., and London. The paper is published by satellite in the United States, Hong Kong, and Europe.

China Daily faced no international competition until the English-language Global Times started in 2009. The Global Times  is a daily Chinese tabloid under the auspices of the People’s Daily newspaper, focusing on international issues. Although its parent is owned by the Communist Party of China.

China Daily launched its new Asia edition, China Daily Asia Weekly, together with the second Asia Leadership Roundtable, in Bangkok in 2011. It is published every Friday in 5 countries in Asia.


13 May 2012

China Not Out to Colonise Africa Economically


TIANJIN — China is not planning to colonise Africa economically and industrially through its investments, Chinese officials said.

Wang Kai , the Divisional Deputy Director , TEDA Administrative Commission, Tianjin, China, and Mr Wu Xiaxong, the Divisional Chief , National Development and Reform Commission of China made the statement in Tianjin, China, on Saturday.

The officials spoke at the on-going three-week seminar on “The Construction and Management of Development of Industrial Areas”, organised by Tianjin Technological and Economical Development Area (TEDA) Group of Companies.

The seminar is sponsored by China’s Ministry of Commerce for 27 delegates from English speaking African countries.

They said that China, through on-going and planned investments in Africa, intends to assist the continent in its economic, industrial and urban development and transformation.

They spoke on the dividends that had accrued to China from the education, agriculture, technological , taxation and land ownership system reforms in Africa since 1978.

Wang of TEDA said that China wanted to assist African countries to develop economically and industrially by encouraging Chinese investors to invest in Africa.

He said the investors would achieve put their experiences at the disposal of Africa.

“It is not that we want to colonise Africa economically or technologically as it is being rumoured in some countries.

‘The Chinese investors had entered into agreements with some African states to invest in part of their countries that would span some decades.

” After the expiration of the agreement, the investments in those countries would revert to the host countries.

“It is part of the development and industrialisation process,” Wang said.

He said that China had continued to encourage African countries to establish free and export trade zones and new development areas to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) to their countries.

“China has assisted Nigeria, Zambia and Namibia to establish free trade zones and as at 2011, Nigeria has attracted three billion dollars from Foreign Direct Investments to the trade zones,” he said..

Wu, the Divisional Chief, National Development and Reform Commission of China, said “China has a foreign external reserve of 3.18 trillion by 2011 from 167 billion in 1978 through a holistic implementation of those reforms .

“Also, the total import and export growth of China has increased from 20.6 billion in 1978 to 3.64 trillion in 2011, and at present China is the second world’s largest economy.

” It would be ideal if ,China with all these assets at its disposal, assists Africa to grow industrially with the Chinese Government and people sharing their reforms experience with the African continent.”

Wu said China was currently executing various projects in Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania and Sudan and also investing in other African countries based on invitation to the Chinese Government by such countries.

“When these projects are completed, African and Chinese nationals will benefit from them as they would provide large scale employment opportunities for all,” he said.

Wu said that the reforms in China, though still on-going, were successful as they were geared toward the promotion of the Chinese people’s welfare through infrastructure construction in transportation, aviation , seaports , power, water, electricity.

He, however, urged African countries embarking on reforms to ensure that such were popular with the people and enjoyed their support.

“The followers would be willing to show commitment and make sacrifices to ensure that such reforms being carried out by their home governments are successful,” he said . NAN


South Africa has the largest population of Chinese in Africa. The first Chinese to settle in South Africa were prisoners, usually debtors, exiled from Batavia by the Dutch to their then newly founded colony at Cape Town in 1660. Chinese people began arriving in large numbers in South Africa in the 1870s through to the early 20th century. As with other non-White South Africans, the Chinese suffered from discrimination during apartheid, and were often classified as Coloureds, but sometimes as Asians, a category that was generally reserved for Indian South Africans.

In June 2008 The High Court in South Africa ruled that Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as black people. It made the order so that ethnic Chinese can benefit from government policies aimed at ending white domination in the private sector. The Chinese Association of South Africa took the government to court, saying its members had been discriminated against. An estimated 200,000 ethnic Chinese live in South Africa.

Video 1: Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as black people


Video 2: Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as black people


The newly Chinese-built towering African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia encapsulates the growing importance of Sino-African relations and marks the latest manifestation of China’s strategic expansion in the continent. (Xinhua)



Chinese Africans

From Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria to Angola, Kenya and Sudan, the Chinese population across Africa is growing rapidly. In less than a decade, hundreds of thousands of Chinese immigrants have made the long journey from mainland China to African cities and towns throughout the continent.

There are no precise figures on just how many Chinese live in Africa. Estimates, though, place the number of immigrants somewhere between 1 million to 2 million continent-wide. If those estimates are accurate, it means there are more Chinese migrants living in Africa today then there were expatriate French people at the peak of their African empire in the mid-20th century. –Eric Olander



Video of Book “Africans in China”

“Africans in China” is the first book-length study of Africans travelling to China and forming communities there. Employing combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods involving prolonged interaction with approximately 800 Africans across six main Chinese cities–Guangzhou, Yiwu, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Macau–Professor Adams Bodomo (The University of Hong Kong) has constructed sociolinguistic and sociocultural profiles that illuminate the everyday life of Africans in China. This unprecedented book provides insights into understanding issues such as why Africans go to China, what they do there, how they communicate with their Chinese hosts, what opportunities and problems they encounter in their China sojourn, and how they are received by the Chinese state. Learn more about the book, which was published by Cambria Press in 2012.



Video: Chinese’s ancestors were Africans

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