Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Africa News .




AFRICA NEWS
China vows to champion African interests
by Staff Writers
Dakar (AFP) Jan 10, 2014


China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi vowed Friday that his country would "always be a champion" of African causes as he began a two-day trip to Senegal.

He hailed the strengthened relationship between Beijing and Africa after touching down in Dakar on the final leg of a four-nation tour aimed at boosting trade links between Beijing and its partners on the continent.

"The friendship between China and Africa will continue to deepen over time... in an atmosphere of pragmatism and openness," Wang told a joint news conference with his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye.

"In its relations with African nations, China will promote justice. China will always be a champion of African nations and defend their interests."

China has increasingly eyed Africa to fuel and fund its burgeoning economy, which last year is estimated to have grown 7.6 percent, according to a government report.

Senior ministers and presidents Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping have personally courted African nations, with deals signed in sectors from oil and gas to agriculture and infrastructure.

But Beijing is often accused of focusing on the potential profits from Africa's vast mineral wealth at the expense of human rights.

In recent years Beijing has sought to win hearts and minds with huge Chinese-funded infrastructure projects including Senegal's national theatre, built in 2011.

Other China-backed projects in the pipeline in Senegal include a national arena and a 150-kilometre (93-mile) highway connecting Dakar to the central city of Touba.

Trade between Senegal and China increased by 20 percent in the 12 months to August 2013, according to the Chinese embassy in Dakar, to $633 million.

"Despite the long distance between us, the quality of our relations allows our two countries to overcome the geography," Ndiaye said.

Wang, whose tour has also taken in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Ghana, held talks with Senegalese President Macky Sall and is due to tour Chinese-funded development projects and meet Prime Minister Aminata Toure before leaving on Saturday.

He told reporters Sall would be visiting Beijing in February.

In Ghana, Wang had described 2014 as a year of "ever-deepening reform" in China, with the target of "national rejuvenation".

Chinese trade with Africa stood at $200 billion in 2012, prompting talk of the continent as a potential battleground for a proxy economic Cold War with Western powers.

.


Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





UAV Payloads 2014, 24 - 25 June - London, UK
AFRICA NEWS
China says investment in Africa 'mutually beneficial'
Accra (AFP) Jan 09, 2014
China's foreign minister Wang Yi on Thursday promised that his country's economic growth would benefit Africa, as he met Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama in Accra. Wang, who is on a four-nation African tour, called 2014 a year of "ever-deepening reform" in China, with the target of "national rejuvenation". "The 1.3 billion people of China are working towards the modernisation of our ... read more


AFRICA NEWS
Over 350 sick in Japan after eating pesticide-tainted food: NHK

Indonesian palm oil firm to pay losses in 'historic' ruling

Improper use of biocides in food production may endanger public health

Wanted: Billions of bees for European farms

AFRICA NEWS
Norway says working to end Russian boycott on fish exports

Melanin in marine fossils offers clues about where they could survive

Despite rains, Dead Sea water levels falls again in December

For sharks, old age may be 70 or more: study

AFRICA NEWS
Population stability 'hope' in species' response to climate change

Methane hydrates and global warming

China starts fifth national desertification monitoring

Australia endures hottest year on record

AFRICA NEWS
US energy secretary delays India trip amid row

Suburban sprawl cancels carbon footprint savings of dense urban cores

The entropy of nations

United Nations Proclaims "International Year Of Light" In 2015

AFRICA NEWS
Inexpensive technique could drive down costs of biofuel production

York scientists' significant step forward in biofuels quest

Seaweed Energy Solutions (SES) acquires wild seaweed operation in Norway

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

AFRICA NEWS
Four arrested over Italy quake contract bribes

Philippine inflation jumps following Haiyan

'Cramped' houses row over Philippine typhoon survivors

System of phone alerts could warn of extreme weather in India

AFRICA NEWS
Italy arrests head of Europe's biggest landfill

Development ravages Malaysia's 'Little England'

Mine spill causes 'extensive pollution' in Kruger Park river

Cardinal, bishops plea for aid in Italy 'Triangle of Death'

AFRICA NEWS
China's Fosun buys Portuguese insurer in privatisation

China online marketplace Taobao to ban Bitcoins

Most China execs say cannot work with Japan firms: poll

British conservatives call for further immigration restrictions




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement