1. Chinese, Zambian FMs meet
May 2, 2012. By Xinhua
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with visiting Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Given Lubinda on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Chinese-Zambian relations have maintained healthy and stable development since they were established in 1964, Yang said, noting the two sides have expanded exchanges at various levels and maintained close coordination in international affairs.
2. China urges restraint in Mali political transition
May 3, 2012. By Xinhua
The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged concerned parties in Mali to maintain restraint and ensure the smooth completion of the political transition there. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin made the remark at a regular press briefing while commenting on the recent situation in Mali.
Liu said China is deeply concerned about the development of the situation in Mali, particularly the fighting that has occurred in the country's capital of Bamako. He said China believes relevant parties should address their disagreements through dialogue and discussions in order to maintain the country's constitutional order.
3. Chinese archaeologists set to begin excavation in Kenya
May 9, 2012. By Xinhua
The second round of the historical underwater ship excavation in a $3.6 million partnership project in the Coastal region of Kenya is set to commence in November with the arrival of Chinese archaeologists in the country.
A 13-member delegation has been in the country since last month to conduct surveillance over the expected archaeological sites in Mombasa and Malindi-Mambrui/Ngomeni area, according to the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Assistant Director of Coastal region Athman Hussein.
4. Mugabe praises China’s technology transfer to Africa
May 10, 2012. By Xinhua
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday hailed as a great success China’s technology transfer to Zimbabwe and Africa, hoping China would further speed up the process in the future.
The Chinese government has done very successfully in its technology transfer to and cultural and personnel exchanges with Zimbabwe as well as the whole Africa, Mugabe said during a meeting here with outgoing Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shunkang.
5. African culture to be promoted in China
May 15, 2012. By Xinhua
Series of events will be held around China this year to promote African culture, China's Ministry of Culture (MOC) said Tuesday. Performances, exhibitions and symposiums will be held from May to the end of this year in Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Changchun, and other major Chinese cities, as part of a project named "2012 African Culture Focus," according to the MOC.
The forum for culture ministers from China and African countries under the framework of China-Africa Cooperation Forum will be held June 18-19 in Beijing. Culture ministers from 50 African countries, African diplomats in China and scholars will attend the forum, the MOC said. In the meantime, culture organizations from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Senegal and some other African countries will hold performances or symposiums in Beijing and Shanghai, the ministry said.