Posts Tagged ‘China’

Luanda Goes Back to the Future

July 10, 2011

In its drive to supply over a million new homes, Angola’s planned cities may be repeating the mistakes of the past. The heyday of the planned new city in the West was during the 1950s and 60s. However, in the developing world they are back on the rise as ambitious governments unveil new plans. More……..

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Outside chaotic Luanda, Chinese workers build new city

June 15, 2011

By Griffin Shea (AFP)

LUANDA — In an open field 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Angola’s chaotic capital, a $3.5-billion city seems to rise from nothing, a showpiece in government’s drive to build one million new homes.

Dubbed the “new city of Kilamba Kiaxi”, it’s the antithesis of overcrowded Luanda’s traffic-choked streets and is being built — like so much else in Angola — by Chinese contractors.

Here broad boulevards and landscaped lawns lace the neatly arranged apartment buildings, painted in shades of yellow, blue and green according to their height.

The first phase, due for completion in December 2012, will provide housing for 120,000 people in 710 apartment buildings rising up to 13 stories, complete with schools, shops and parks, said Hamilton Jorge Faria, the engineer heading the project for Sonip, an arm of Angola’s ubiquitous state oil firm, Sonangol. More……..

China lends Angola $15 bn but creates few jobs

March 6, 2011

By Cecile de Comarmond (AFP)
LUANDA — China has extended almost $15 billion in credit to Angola since the African oil giant’s civil war, but has struggled to hire trained locals for reconstruction projects, Beijing’s ambassador told AFP.
China has taken a keen interest in helping the southern African country rebuild since its 27-year civil war ended in 2002, but details of deals between the two have remained opaque.
In the first official estimate of Chinese lending to Angola, Ambassador Zhang Bolun said that three state banks — the Export-Import Bank of China, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and the China Development Bank — have extended $14.5 billion (10.5 billion euros) in credit to the resource-rich country. More

The Chinese are Coming

February 12, 2011

The first programme in the BBC’s “The Chinese are Coming” series features about 20 minutes of coverage of Chinese influence in Angola. There’s footage of Luanda, Huambo and the Benguela railway. If you are in the UK you can watch it on the BBC’s iPlayer.

Questions About China’s ‘Win-Win’ Relationship With Angola

February 6, 2011

By Louise Redvers

The men, slim and in their 40s, sit in their in greying overalls, seemingly oblivious to the noxious fumes of the throng of traffic passing them by. Welcome to Luanda, capital of Angola, China’s largest trading partner in Africa. Walk down any street of the overcrowded and congested city and you will come across a Chinese construction site.

Even in the most remote rural areas it is not unusual to see red Chinese lanterns and hand-painted Mandarin road signs.

Chinese companies are involved at all levels of construction, from repairing roads, railways and airports, building football pitches, schools, hospitals and government offices, and even creating entire new residential suburbs. More………

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Angola

December 4, 2010

LUANDA Dec 1 (Reuters) – Rising tension between the ruling MPLA party and the main opposition UNITA party and questions over policy-making are worrying investors in the major African oil-producing nation of Angola.

The MPLA, which emerged victorious from a 27-year civil war against UNITA in 2002, has been accused of corruption and of not doing enough to tackle widespread poverty.

Other concerns include uncertainty about a successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and heavy dependence on oil revenue, feeding demands for more transparency as Angola tries to regain investor confidence after the global financial crisis. More…..

Comércio entre China e Angola cresce 80 por cento em 2010

November 21, 2010

O comércio sino-angolano aumentou 80,8 por cento nos primeiros nove meses de 2010 em relação a igual período do ano passado, somando 19.820 milhões de dólares (14,520 milhões de dólares), disse a agencia noticiosa oficial chinesa.
Os números foram divulgados em Pequim a propósito da visita a Angola do vice-presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, que é esperado hoje em Luanda, vindo da África do Sul. Leia mais……

Chinese financing to Angola reaches USD 10 billion

November 21, 2010
 Luanda – The Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping, on Friday in Luanda highlighted the good level of the relations his country has with Angola, whose financing agreements have now reached USD 10 billion.He explained that the commercial exchanges totalised USD 19.8 billion in the first nine months of 2010, which shows an increase of 80.8 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2009.
 
The visiting official gave these figures at the opening of the official talks between both countries’ ministerial delegations, which aim to sign co-operation agreements in the fields of infrastructures construction, minerals exploration and supply of railways equipment.

“Angola has been China’s biggest commercial partner in the African continent. This year, once more, the commercial exchanges have exceeded the historical record. Just between January and September of the current year the trade volume has already reached 19.8 billion, registering an 80.8 per cent increase”, stressed the Chinese official.

Xi Jinping, who is in Luanda for a two-day official visit, singled out the fact that the loan agreements totalised 10 billion US dollars and considered the implantation of Angolan firms in his country, like the public oil firm Sonango, as a new chapter in the Sino-Angolan relations. 
Speaking at the ceremony that was also attended by the Angolan Vice President, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the Chinese official pointed out culture, education, civil aviation, public health, environmental protection and justice as new areas that can serve to boost the bilateral relations. 

Meanwhile, China promoted this month the Macau Forum for Economic and Commercial Co-operation between China and the Portuguese Speaking Countries, in which was approved an action plan aimed at strengthening the economic and commercial relations with the Portuguese speaking countries, in the next three years.

Source: ANGOP

Chinese karaoke fans sing Angola’s praises

October 3, 2010
By Justin Rowlatt
BBC News, Luanda

Thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs who flocked to Angola to capitalise on rebuilding the economy after its civil war are enjoying a better life, new opportunities – and even the odd karaoke night.

We had done our best to put our new friends at ease.

We had chosen a picturesque Chinese restaurant on the beachfront with dragon motifs and Chinese lanterns swinging in the breeze.

We had laid on a supply of chilled Tsingtao beer and the waiters were bringing out steaming plates of delicious Chinese food. Yet we still did not seem to be able to get past a kind of anxious “first date” formality. More………

After 4 decades of war, Angola tries to recover

January 18, 2010

LUANDA, Angola — During a visit in August, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly urged the government of Angola to hold “timely” presidential elections.

Just four months later, President Eduardo dos Santos announced that presidential elections would be delayed from 2009 to at least 2012. Continues…………………

Angolan ‘mafia targets Chinese’

November 14, 2009

The Chinese embassy in Angola has advised its nationals not to go out alone at night after a spate of violent attacks on Chinese expatriates. Read the BBC report here……………

The mystery of missing Chinese passports in Angola

October 24, 2009

LUANDA, Oct 23 (Reuters Life!) – A strange phenomenon has been taking place in the classified ad section of state-owned daily Jornal de Angola that is raising eyebrows in the African nation. Read on………….

Hainan Airlines Inaugurates Beijing-Dubai-Luanda Route

October 11, 2009

China’s Hainan Airlines has begun flights from Beijing to Luanda via Dubai. The airline is the first Chinese airline to operate flights to Angola.

Flight HU 7923 departs Beijing Capital Airport every Monday and Thursday at 1910 hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0030 hrs the next day before taking off from the emirate at 0340 hrs for Luanda, where it arrives at 0900 hrs. The return flight, HU 7924, departs Luanda at 1100 hrs on Tuesdays and Fridays, landing in Dubai at 2130 hrs and taking off again at 0010 hrs the next day to arrive back in Beijing at 1230 hrs.

 Flights will be operated using a 2-class Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 34 Business Class and 198 Economy Class seats. Every seat is fitted with a personal screen from which passengers can enjoy the airline’s inflight entertainment system featuring a selection of movies, music and games.

Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines is China’s largest privately-owned aviation company and operates a fleet of 91 Airbus (A319, A330-200 and A340-600) and Boeing (B737-300/400/700/800 and B767-300ER) aircraft. From its base at Haikou and hubs in Beijing, Lanzhou, Dalian, Guangzhou, Taiyuan, Urumqi and Xian, the airline operates more than 500 domestic and international flights to more than 90 destinations.