NEWS LETTER (July 16-31, 2012)

1. Fifth Ministerial Conference of FOCAC opens further China-Africa cooperation

July 19, 2012. By Xinhua

The Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opened here on Thursday, as Chinese and African leaders gathered to discuss measures to deepen China-Africa ties.

When addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese President Hu Jintao proposed a series of new measures in five priority areas to boost the China-Africa ties.

"In the next three years, the Chinese government will take measures in the following five priority areas to support the cause of peace and development in Africa and boost a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership," said Hu.


2. Call for China, Africa to be 'greener'

July 17, 2012. By Wu Wencong:

Ambassadors from African countries, officials from the Chinese government, representatives from financial institutions, research institutions and international organizations gathered to call for China and Africa to go "green" in future cooperation on Monday.

Li Ganjie, vice-minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said China and African countries are faced with the same pressure from the rapid development of industrialization and urbanization.


3. Media key to Sino-Africa ties: Chinese official

July 24, 2012. By Xinhua

The media is an important avenue in the promotion of friendship between Chinese and Africa people, a Chinese government official said on Monday. That is the reason Chinese media firms with global reach have established their operations in Africa, said Chinese Embassy in Nairobi Counselor Yan Xiusheng told journalists.

"The media platforms have managed to portray the true picture of Africa to the Chinese people and the real China to the Africa people so as to increase Sino-Africa links," Yan said during the first China-Africa communication Conference which was organized by the Communication University of China, and Kenya's Daystar University and Multimedia University.


4. Kenya: Chinese Firm, StarTimes Launch Digital Pay-TV in Kenya

July 26, 2012. By Xinhua via

Chinese firm StarTimes Media on Wednesday officially launched its digital pay television service in Kenya after a month-long successful signal testing.

StarTimes Media, which has a global subscription base of over 7 million viewers in China and Africa, will broadcast on Digital Video Broadcast- Terrestrial 2 ((DVB-T2) which is a digital TV broadcast standard, with the signal being provided by Pan African Networks Group.


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