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The Ties That Bind: China, Angola and Zimbabwe

What does Manuel Vicente’s rise to top office in Angola mean for Zimbabwe, and what role does China play in all of this? Vicente is believed to be pegged at vice president by José Eduardo dos Santos – one of Africa’s longest running dictators, bound to win the next Angolan elections in 2012.

South Africa's Vice President Talks Trade in China

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is in China in a bid to strengthen political and economic relations with that country.

Nigeria Converting Billions From Us Dollar to Chinese Yuan

Nigeria's central bank will convert 10% of its $33-billion in foreign reserves to the Chinese yuan, as trade between the two countries continues to grow. We asked Thabo Ncala, co-portfolio manager at Stanlib's Africa Fund whether the growing support for the yuan indicates waning confidence in the dollar.

China to Finance Tanzania Pipeline

China and Tanzania are to sign a $1.06 billion loan agreement to build a natural gas pipeline from the southern part of the east African country to its commercial capital, a Tanzanian newspaper wrote.

China Steps Up Drive in Africa to Satisfy Iron Ore Demand

A bold push by China into iron ore projects in Africa and elsewhere will increase its access to supply and may help moderate prices but will only slowly reduce its dependence on the three companies that dominate the market.

China Loans Ethiopia $500 Million For Development

China has lent Ethiopia US$ 500 million that will be used to fund various development projects in the Horn of Africa country.

Russia Joins China in a Bid to Control Zimbabwe's Diamonds

Russia is set to join China in controlling diamond mining in Zimbabwe, with the Federation's state diamond group seeking a license to mine at the lucrative Chiadzwa fields.

U.S. vs. China: A Short Economic Comparison

China is one of the largest trading partners of the U.S. China’s global influence is growing and is projected to become a super-power in the future while America’s economic power is said to be in decline.