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China Tightens Grip on East African Port


A Chinese port operator is tightening its grip on a strategic container terminal in East Africa, resetting operations and infrastructure at a site crucial to Beijing’s push to control seagoing trade lanes between Asia and Europe.

China Merchants Port Holdings

has fully taken over operations at Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal, maritime officials say, while state-owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corp. and China State Construction Engineering Corp. have built a new, multipurpose cargo facility next door to handle cars, livestock, steel and other goods.

Crew members of ships that recently docked at Djibouti said the new port resembles other Chinese-managed ports around the world.

“At the multipurpose port it’s the same…

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China confirms African swine fever hits Shandong province as national outbreak spreads


BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday it has confirmed the country’s ongoing African swine fever outbreak continues to spread across the nation, hitting the major livestock production province of Shandong in the east for the first time.

The highly contagious disease was found on a farm with 4,504 pigs in the provincial capital Jinan, infecting 17 of the animals and killing three hogs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement. The disease is fatal to pigs, but doesn’t harm people.

China, home to the world’s largest hog herd, has now reported more than 100 cases of African swine fever in 27 provinces and regions since last August.

The Shandong case came after Guangxi region in China’s south reported its first African swine fever…

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Huge demand for African coffee in China


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KIGALI. — The increasing demand for African coffee in China presents huge market potential for coffee producing countries in Africa, Chairman of African Fine Coffees Association Ishak Lukenge said last Friday.

Chinese interest in Africa’s coffee is a great opportunity for African countries to increase coffee trade volumes to China, Lukenge told Xinhua in an interview on the side lines of 17th African Fine Coffees Conference and Exhibition in Rwandan capital Kigali.

China’s large “coffee-consuming market” will help African countries diversify its coffee sales and spur production and generate more revenues, he said.

China, with its big population, offers a base for product demand and business opportunity for Africa exports, said the chairman.

China is not just offering…

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China suspends wool trade from South Africa due to foot-and-mouth disease outbreak – ABC Rural


Australian woolgrowers are set to benefit from the suspension of wool exports from South Africa to China due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

The peak body of the South African wool industry, Cape Wools SA, released a statement saying that the industry decided on Friday to postpone a crucial wool auction due to China’s customs department suspending “all greasy wool imports from South Africa as a result of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak earlier in the year”.

It said it was awaiting official notification from China regarding the exact position of the China Inspection and Quarantine Bureau with regards to its imports.

The Australian Wool Exchange Eastern Market Indicator is currently $19.68 a kilogram — $1.56 higher than the same time last year, and it is expected the market…

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Demand for African coffee in China presenting huge market potential: industry insider


The increasing demand for African coffee in China presents huge market potential for coffee producing countries in Africa, Chairman of African Fine Coffees Association Ishak Lukenge said Friday.

Chinese interest in Africa’s coffee is a great opportunity for African countries to increase coffee trade volumes to China, Lukenge told Xinhua in an interview on the sidelines of the 17th African Fine Coffees Conference and Exhibition in Rwandan capital Kigali.

China’s large “coffee-consuming market” will help African countries diversify its coffee sales and spur production and generate more revenues, he said.

China, with its big population, offers a base for product demand and business opportunity for Africa exports, said the chairman.

China is not just offering investment, infrastructure and financial…

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Ethiopia participates in a Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) dialogue on Peace and Security


A Ministerial-level Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative was held on Wednesday (February 6) in Addis Ababa. The dialogue, hosted by Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) co-chairs, China and Senegal, as well as by the African Union, was organized to facilitate implementation of the outcomes of the 2018 Beijing Summit in the field of peace and security. State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Hirut Zemene, led the Ethiopian delegation.

The dialogue was co-moderated by Mr Chen Xiaodong, Chairman of the Chinese Follow-Up Committee of FOCAC and Assistant Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, and Ambassador Mame Baba Cisse, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of…

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