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Sino-Kenyan Railway Operator Afristar Challenges Allegations in Daily Nation Report

The Chinese-Kenyan joint venture company that runs operations for the new Standard Gauge Railway company, Afristar, forcefully rebutted recent allegations published last week in The Daily Nation newspaper that claimed that the SGR's Chinese contractor "refused to provide key information protected by the ...

India Exim Bank CEO: “Why Do We Have to Take on the Chinese” in Africa?

The head of India's Export-Import Bank brushed away concerns that India is being outdone in Africa and rejected the whole notion that somehow the two Asian giants must compete with one another on the continent.

The “Good vs. Bad” Framing of Chinese Development Finance

Friday's FT article by correspondent Steve Johnson on the merits of Chinese development financing provoked considerable discussion online this weekend about the key issues raised in the story and how the topic is framed in simple "good vs. bad" terms. ...

With 62 Million Subscribers in Africa, Chinese-owned Music Streaming Giant Boomplay Now Wants to Go to Europe

Boomplay is the unrivaled champion of Africa's streaming music market with more than 62 million subscribers across the continent.  The Nigeria-based, Chinese-owned company utterly crushes the competition, especially global market leader Spotify that is only available in just five African countries. 

China’s New Twitter Diplomacy in Africa Ramps Up Fast as Envoys Use the Platform to Challenge U.S. and Other Critics

The Chinese government's rapid adoption of Twitter over the past several months now appears to be entering a new phase as envoys across the continent are using the social media platform to launch much more pointed attacks against the United States and other critics.  ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Different Readings of FOCAC

One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to the $60 billion funding targets of 2015 and 2018, it concluded that the summit represented a pullback from ...