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Why Are We Still Talking About Chinese “Debt Traps?”

My own focus on China-Africa relations is filtered through my background in media studies. One effect of this training is that I'm fascinated by the narratives that shape the relationship, how they spread and what they reveal.  One of the hardiest ...

China’s Outgoing Ambassador to Kenya Makes the Rounds to Say Good-bye

China's outgoing ambassador to Kenya, Wu Peng, is making the rounds to various government ministers to say good-bye ahead of his return to Beijing where he will be assigned a new, still unannounced posting. On Tuesday, Ambassador Wu paid a visit to Kenyan Interior ...

Vera Songwe on Chinese Debt Relief for Africa: “There’s Still a Lot to be Done”

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe, joined Masood Ahmed, president of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for Global Development, in an online discussion last week where she provided an update on the status of the ongoing debt relief ...

Amid Rising Fears Over Debt, Government Tries to Reassure Public That China Will Not Seize Assets

This year's dramatic fall in oil prices combined with the federal government's move to take on billions of dollars in new loans in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis is prompting widespread anxiety in Nigeria. Those concerns were further amplified this week when the country's Debt ...

With a $1 Billion Payment Due, Kenyan MPs Call on Government to Renegotiate SGR Loan Deal with China

Kenya's National Treasury is calling on the parliament to provide it with $940 million dollars for the latest instalment to repay China for the controversial Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The Treasury's request prompted new appeals from MPs for urgent talks with ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Cobalt Clarifies Everything

We’re at one of those moments when everyone suddenly remembers that Africa exists. Right through the pandemic, the debt crisis, and climate talks, the continent and its needs were seemingly invisible.

But nothing sharpens the eye like an upcoming FOCAC summit. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s African visit was marked by determination to avoid the Trump administration’s almost Freudian compulsion to blurt out ‘China!’ when talking about African issues. Instead, Blinken ...

Chinese Immigrants in Africa Assimilate Far More Than You May Think

It's often widely assumed that Chinese immigrants in Africa prefer to isolate themselves from local communities and generally resist assimilation. That perception, though, is incorrect according to the findings of two leading scholars from Hong Kong, Yan Hairong and Barry Sautman, ...