Chinese investment overseas
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Another Chinese firm [Universe Safety Glass, operating in South Africa] flaunts labour laws [South Africa]
Author: Frank Nxumalo, Business Report [South Africa]
Total disregard of industrial safety regulations, working hours beyond the maximum allowed under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the payment of starvation wages
Author: Justin Pearce, BBC News
Workers on a ship anchored in the port of Luanda have complained of slave-like working conditions on board the Chinese-owned vessel
Author: Peter Wanbali, The Nation [Kenya]
Two documents on the Sudan released almost simultaneously last week expose the complexities and contradictions inherent in the search for peace in that country's conflict that has lasted two decades, killed two million people, displaced 4.5 million...
Malaysia appointed builders last week for its long-delayed $2.4 billion Bakun dam, awarding the deal to a consortium led by a unit of local conglomerate Sime Darby, together with a Chinese infrastructure firm. The hydro-electric power project in...
Author: Phillip van Niekerk & Laura Peterson, Center for Public Integrity
[refers to money paid by multinational oil companies to Angolan Government ending up in private bank accounts] [includes reference to Marathon Oil Company]...Angola is certainly not unique as a country where conflict and corruption are fueled by...
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- Related in-depth areas: African region Chinese investment overseas Extractives, including oil and mines Violence & Abuses
- Related companies: ExxonMobil Marathon Oil Shell Unocal (part of Chevron)
Author: Ali Askouri, president of Leadership Office of the Hamadab Affected People - in World Rivers Review, reprinted in Sudan Tribune [based in France]
The Merowe Dam, proposed for the Nile in Northern Sudan, demonstrates how not to plan and build a dam in the post-World Commission on Dams era...It will displace more than 50,000 people...have far-reaching environmental consequences, and inundate a...
- Related stories: Sudan: Report raises concerns about environmental & social impacts of Merowe/Hamadab Dam project (refers to ABB, Alstom, Lahmeyer International)
- Related in-depth areas: African region Chinese investment overseas Construction, including dam-building Land Rights & Displacements
- Related companies: Alstom Lahmeyer
Author: Roger Bate & Benjamin Schwab, American Enterprise Institute
As The Economist stated in a fall 2000 report, "The dirty bottom line is that Talisman is helping the Sudan government finance its war." Though difficult to imagine a few years ago, the situation in Sudan has gone from awful to inconceivably worse....
- Related stories: Darfur, Southern Sudan, and the Moral Imperative of (Equity) Divestment: Which companies and nations are propping up the Khartoum regime? Divest Sudan campaign head: Siemens, ABB, Tatneft, PetroChina, Alcatel must suspend operations in Sudan to pressure Khartoum to stop Darfur genocide Talisman lawsuit (re Sudan) Show moreShow less
- Related in-depth areas: Academic African region Chinese investment overseas Extractives, including oil and mines Sudan Violence & Abuses
- Related companies: Chevron China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) Shell Talisman (part of Repsol)
Endowment Tied to Sudan - University bought stock in oil firm that activists say helped fuel genocide
Author: Daniel J. Hemel & Zachary M. Seward, Harvard Crimson [USA]
Harvard has invested millions of dollars in a Chinese oil company [PetroChina] whose financial dealings with the Sudanese government, human rights activists say, have funded that regime’s ongoing slaughter of its own people...PetroChina is a spin-off...
Author: Bryan J. Auchterlonie, MA candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, in Harvard Crimson
Two weeks ago, the Crimson Staff demanded that the Harvard Management Company (HMC) divest its 72,000 shares of Chinese state-owned energy giant PetroChina because of its oil operations in Sudan...But it is...only a first step...Harvard also holds 10...
Author: Peter S. Goodman, Washington Post
But the Chinese laborers are protected: They work under the vigilant gaze of Sudanese government troops armed largely with Chinese-made weapons — a partnership of the world's fastest-growing oil consumer with a pariah state accused of fostering...