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Chart #36: Chinese influence in Tanzania

The increasing presence and influence of China in Africa is controversial to some. But not, it seems, to Tanzanians. New data from the latest round of Afrobarometer surveys has just been released, with some analysis (pdf) of how Tanzanians perceive Chinese influence.

I have four charts for you. First, how influential do Tanzanians think China actually is, compared to other countries / institutions?

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What the Tanzania press is saying about the visit of Chinese president, Xi Jinping

Tanzanian newspaper front pages 26/3/2013, via mjengwablog.com and millardayo.com.

The historic visit of the new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to Tanzania this week was a great honour for the country, only the second country to be visited by President Xi. But how did the Tanzanian papers report the visit? I took a look through the major papers’ websites to find out.

The Citizen and Mwananchi led with Xi’s words about China’s relationship with Africa as a whole. The Citizen’s headline summed up the coverage: China’s promise to Africa: We’ll give you $20bn this year, and we shan’t bully you. Lots of money and no interference was the message. Mwananchi’s Rais wa China aahidi misaada bila masharti (President of China promises aid without conditions) was much the same. Continue reading

Xi Jinping to Tanzania, but why this honour?

ImageThe new Chinese president, Xi Jinping, is expected in Tanzania on Sunday, just ten days after officially taking office. This is the second stop on a four-country tour that will begin in Russia and also take in South Africa and the Congo.

A state visit so early in the presidency of such a powerful global figure is a huge honour for Tanzania – the second country that Xi will visit as president.

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Mchuchuma-Liganga: huge Chinese investment in Ludewa on the horizon

Wednesday this week saw the signing of a major agreement for Tanzania between the National Development Corporation (NDC) and the Chinese company Sichuan Hongda. The agreement sets up a new company, Tanzania China International Mineral Resources Limited (TCIMR), to build a coal mine, iron ore mine, coal-fired power plant and steel works at the Liganga (iron ore) and nearby Mchuhuma (coal) in Ludewa district, just to the south of Njombe. The MPs Zitto Kabwe (the Parastatal Organisation Accounts Committee chair) and Deo Filikunjombe (the PAOC vice-chair and Ludewa MP) were present at the signing.

The CitizenThe GuardianDaily News and Mwananchi, all made this their front page lead on Thursday. Twitter also had some information, (mostly from @ZittoKabwe), though not all of it matches the newspaper articles, and Jamii Forums predictably also injected a note of scepticism.
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