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Published 1st October 2010

Vol 3 (AAC) No 12


Zambia

Shoot first, negotiate later

Image courtesy of Panos Pictures
Image courtesy of Panos Pictures

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Opposition politicians lambast the Lusaka government’s timidity after Chinese managers shoot Zambian mine workers

Mayhem broke out on 15 October at the Collum Coal Mine in southern Zambia after Chinese owners shot workers protesting over dangerous and difficult working conditions. The workers were demanding higher salaries and an explanation as to why they had not been paid for two months. The tense relations between Chinese managers and Zambian workers is a critical issue ahead of 2011 national elections. Asian investments are an emotive issue in Zambia. Chinese mine managers have clashed with protesting workers several times before. India’s Vedanta Resources has also come under fire from civic groups for refusing to renegotiate its low royalty and tax obligations when world copper and cobalt prices soared.


A consensual affair

Oppositionists call for scrutiny of the promised financing from Beijing amid concerns over spiralling national debt

The stratospheric figures – all in billions of dollars – emerging from President John Atta Mills’s grand tour of Asia last month suggest the love affair between Accra and Asia’s bi...


The cost of Ghana’s Asian Alliance

In mid-October, a large, red container ship marked STX Pan Ocean berthed in Tema port and started offloading its cargo of tipper trucks, excavators, bulldozers, forklift trucks and...


More contracts as the vote looms

Despite the impending transition to civil rule, the military regime has signed a mega-contract with the China Hyway Group for housing and roads

As political candidates and generals were locked in negotations about the second round of the presidential elections due by the end of October, interim President General Sékouba Ko...


Blood diamonds and old soldiers

The Chiadzwa/Marange alluvial diamond fields remain off limits to Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy. Amid growing reports of Chinese involvement, Min...


Spooks, not railways

Abuja wants to use Chinese export finance to build a spy network with the controversial ZTE company – instead of a railway

Security experts reckon that cyber warfare and espionage will be this century’s new battlegrounds. With that in view, Beijing is now considering whether to allow the Nigerian gover...


Cooperating with Cohydro

Korea National Oil Corporation is discussing a potential strategic partnership with the parastatal Congolaise des Hydrocarbures. KNOC President Kang Young-won and Cohydro Chairman ...


Maputo opens its markets

If it comes to fruition, China Tong Jian’s multibillion-dollar agreement promises to bring in Mozambique’s largest-ever investment

Mozambique has a new Trade and Industry Minister following the sacking on 12 October of Antonio Fernando. President Antonio Guebuza has selected a young economist, Armando Inroga, ...


India follows China’s lead

Wherever China goes in Nigeria, India tends not to be too far behind. Chinese contractors may have landed all of the major railway deals in Nigeria (AAC Vol 3 No 4), but Indian man...


Win-win turns to win-lose

A report by the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa* points out that the rise of emerging-market trade and investment may be just as likely to lead to win-lose o...



Pointers

Ratan N. Tata

Chairman, Tata Group

Ratan N. Tata is the Chairman of the Tata Group, an industrial conglomerate that began life as the cotton trading company of his great-greatfather, Jamshetji Tata. The Group now ...


Seiji Maehara

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Known as a ‘China hawk’, Seiji Maehara moved to the Foreign Ministry just as Japan-China relations are at a low. In September, a dispute with China over the Senkaku islands once ag...


Gong Jianzhong

China’s Ambassador to Ghana

Ghana is among the most stable of China’s African allies but as new emissary Gong Jianzhong will be keeping an eye on recent attacks on Chinese businesses in the port of Tema. In e...