1. Austrian Media: Some Westerners Misread China's Africa Policy
February 27, 2012. By Guo: CRIENGLISH.com
An Austrian newspaper recently published an article stating that some westerners have misread China's Africa policy. The article in the Der Standard newspaper from Vienna, Austria, suggests that these people can actually learn from China's aid policies towards Africa.
At the mention of Chinese aid to Africa, some commentators assume that China's aim is to guarantee a supply of raw materials from the African continent, the article states.
Compared to other countries and enterprises that provide aid to Africa, the article points out that China has not benefited much from such aid, citing a number of experts in the field of international aid
2. More soft power needed in Africa
February 27, 2012. By He Wenping: China Daily
Sino-African relations have progressed significantly on the economic front over the past decade, thanks to the highly institutionalized Forum on China-Africa Cooperation that was established in 2000.
China overtook the United States as Africa's largest trade partner in 2009, and the bilateral trade volume surged from $10 billion in 2000 to more than $160 billion in 2011. Meanwhile, Africa is now China's second largest overseas labor and project contracting market and fourth largest destination for outward investment. Yet despite such tangible achievements, there are reasons to worry about the lack of bilateral exchanges at the ideological level.
3. Chinese navy flotilla heads for escort mission in Gulf of Aden
February 27, 2012. By Lu Hui: Xinhua.
Special force soldiers stand guard on board and prepare to set sail at a port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Feb. 27, 2012. The 11th Chinese naval escort flotilla, consisting of destroyer "Qingdao", frigate "Yantai" and comprehensive supply ship "Huishanhu", departed from Qingdao on Monday for the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters to protect commercial ships from pirate attacks. (Xinhua)
4. Chinese, Sudanese FMs meet on ties
February 27, 2012. By An: Xinhua
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Sudanese counterpart Ali Ahmed Karti met Monday in Beijing to exchange views on bilateral relations, as well as on international and regional issues of common concern.
He said China is willing to make concerted efforts with Sudan to advance bilateral friendly and cooperative relations.