2014 Chron­i­cle of Sino-African Events

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A year in re­view

The Sixth BRICS (Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa) Sum­mit is held in For­taleza, Brazil on July 15, 2014. The five coun­tries signed an agree­ment to es­tab­lish the New De­vel­op­ment Bank (NDB) and mo­bi­lize re­sources for in­fra­struc­ture and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment projects in BRICS and other emerg­ing and de­vel­op­ing economies. Head­quar­tered in Shang­hai, the NDB will have an ini­tial au­tho­rized cap­i­tal of $100 bil­lion. The ini­tial sub­scribed cap­i­tal will be $50 bil­lion, to be shared equally among the mem­bers.

The South Africa-China Busi­ness Fo­rum is held in Beijing on De­cem­ber 5, 2014. It was at­tended by South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, Huang Shuhe, Vice Min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil’s State-owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion, and 400 other gov­ern­ment and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives from China and South Africa.

The 10th Se­nior Of­fi­cials’ Meet­ing of the Fo­rum on China-africa Co­op­er­a­tion (FOCAC) is held in Pre­to­ria, South Africa from De­cem­ber 9 to 10, 2014. Of­fi­cials from China and African coun­tries met to pre­pare for the Sixth FOCAC Min­is­te­rial Con­fer­ence, to be held this year in South Africa.

Chi­nese com­pa­nies CSR Zhuzhou Elec­tric Lo­co­mo­tive and CNR Rolling Stock South Africa win con­tracts worth $3 bil­lion from the Transnet Group in South Africa. This is the lion’s share of the 50-bil­lion rand ($4.7 bil­lion) lo­co­mo­tive pro­cure­ment con­tract. The sign­ing cer­e­mony was held in Johannesburg on March 17, 2014.

Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang vis­its Ethiopia, Nige­ria, An­gola and Kenya from May 4 to 11, 2014, mark­ing his first of­fi­cial trip abroad in 2014. The itin­er­ary in­cluded a visit to the African Union head­quar­ters in Ad­dis Ababa on May 5. A se­ries of agree­ments were signed.

China hosts the Year of South Africa from April 29 to De­cem­ber 5, 2014. It was marked by more than 50 pro­grams, rang­ing from trade sem­i­nars to art events and ed­u­ca­tional projects. This year, South Africa will host the Year of China. The pro­grams were agreed upon by Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his South African coun­ter­part Ja­cob Zuma when Xi vis­ited South Africa in 2013.

Af­ter the Ebola break­out in West Africa in Fe­bru­ary, the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment sends four rounds of hu­man­i­tar­ian emer­gency as­sis­tance worth 750 mil­lion yuan ($122.55 mil­lion). More than 1,000 epi­demic preven­tion ex­perts and med­i­cal work­ers have been dis­patched to as­sist the coun­tries af­fected

The Fifth Round­table Con­fer­ence on China-africa Co­op­er­a­tion is held in Wan­ning, Hainan Prov­ince from Novem­ber 13 to 14, 2014. More than 350 en­trepreneurs, schol­ars, ex­perts, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and fi­nan­cial or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives from China and African coun­tries dis­cussed new ways to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion.

China, South Africa, the Lusaka Agree­ment Task Force, the United States and other par­ties launch Cobra II, a cross­con­ti­nent op­er­a­tion against il­le­gal wildlife trade, from De­cem­ber 30, 2013 to Jan­uary 26, 2014.

Op­er­a­tion Cobra II led to more than 350 il­le­gal wildlife prod­uct seizures and the ar­rest of over 400 sus­pects. The haul in­cluded more than 3 tons of raw ivory and ivory prod­ucts, over 1,000 hides and 36 rhino horns, ac­cord­ing to the China En­dan­gered Species Im­port and Ex­port Man­age­ment Of­fice. The op­er­a­tion shows China’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to crack down on il­le­gal wildlife trade.

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