1. Yearender: China-Africa cooperation: unlimited opportunity with vitality
December 19. By Yu Shengnan, Guo Qian. Xinhua
NAIROBI - China-Africa new strategic partnership continues to develop rapidly in the second decade of the new century with frequent high-level visits and successful expansion of political, economic, and cultural cooperation.
The cooperation has effectively promoted the economic and social development in the African countries and China, improving people's living standard, and shows its significance in a world that is undergoing major changes and adjustments.
2. China launches satellite for Nigeria
December 20. People's Daily Online
BEIJING - China successfully sent a Nigerian communication satellite into orbit with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 00:41 Beijing Time Tuesday.
The satellite, produced by China Academy of Space Technology, will provide communication, broadcast, Internet connection, remote education and navigation services to parts of Africa, Europe and Asia. China will also provide monitoring and control services for the satellite and support its ground stations.
It was the third time China provided satellite launch service for foreign users this year, following the successful launch of two Pakistani communication satellites.
3. WTO and Durban: China Gives Africa Hope
December 21-28. By Bob Wekesa. The African Executive
Three developments of global dimensions for Africa and China took place recently: celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of China's accession to the World Trade Organization, the release of China's White Paper on Foreign Trade and the Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.
Just as China's entry into the WTO has been recognized as a major contributing factor to global economic growth on all fronts, Africa too has been an overall beneficiary. Before the WTO debut, China was for most Africans a faraway oriental nation with mystical characteristics. Few Chinese products were to be found on the shelves of supermarkets and malls in Nairobi, Lagos, Dakar or Lusaka. Few Chinese companies had a presence in Africa and were largely confined to small projects.
4. China donates equipment to AMISOM
December 26. China Daily
ADDIS ABABA - China on Sunday provided a donation worth about 30 million Chinese RMB (around $4.76 million) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in support of the Union's peace building effort in that country.
Xie Xiaoyan, the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative of China to the AU, has handed over the donation to Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security in a ceremony held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
5. Yearender: Rising China, a stabilizer for world peace in turbulent 2011
December 27. By Liu Tian, Wei Jianhua. Xinhua
BEIJING - In a year that began with an upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa and is about to end with a runaway debt crisis that has swept Europe and dragged down the world economy, China has continued to serve as a stabilizer for world peace and stability.
Upholding its five guiding principles of peaceful coexistence, China has urged reconciliation and promoted negotiations in conflict areas from Sudan to the Middle East, provided timely aid to drought-hit Africa and other disaster regions, and served as an engine for world economic recovery.
David Shambaugh, professor of China Policy Program with the George Washington University, said China's diplomacy in 2011 "has made tangible improvements."