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How Will China Respond to the Coup in Sudan?

The pre-dawn military coup in Sudan on Monday presents the latest challenge for China on how to respond to the toppling of governments in Africa where it has sizable economic and strategic interests. Normally, the Chinese Foreign Ministry tends to be ...

COVID Flare-Ups in China Threaten to Disrupt What’s Otherwise Been a Strong Year For China-Africa Trade

While global trade experiences unprecedented disruptions of major supply chain networks, that turbulence does not appear to have had much effect on the volume of Chinese trade with African countries, at least so far. Chinese ...

One Kenyan Entrepreneur’s Cautionary Tale About Replacing Chinese Imports With a Locally-made Alternative

Kenya's gaping trade imbalance with China is typical of many African countries that import significantly more than they export to the Chinese market. This has prompted calls going back years for Africans to reduce their dependency on Chinese imports and manufacture more at home, particularly in the ...

Uganda’s Parliament Considering New Law to Bolster Local Construction Companies Against Chinese Competition

The Ugandan parliament is considering a bill proposed by infrastructure minister Katumba Wamala that would provide sanctuary to local construction companies when bidding for smaller road contracts. Although China was not mentioned in the proposed legislation specifically, it's widely ...

Chinese Contractors Almost Finished With Upgrade and Expansion of Uganda’s Main International Airport

Five years after the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) began work on a $200 million upgrade and expansion of Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, project managers say the project is 75% complete. When completed the new cargo terminal will be able ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Long Arc of Chinese Lending to Africa

The biggest headline from November’s FOCAC meeting was China’s pivot away from infrastructure funding. But like many FOCAC headlines, it needs several asterisks. In the first place, the pivot might actually be away from a particular infrastructure model (massive projects funded with large bilateral Chinese policy bank loans and built by Chinese state-owned enterprises) rather than from infrastructure-building itself.

The larger question is what China is pivoting to. Instead of ...

Egypt and Sinovac in Talks to Boost Vaccine Production For Africa

Egyptian Health Minister Hala al-Zayed met last week with Gao Qiang, head of R&D at Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, to discuss how the two sides can expand production at the company's factories in Egypt in order to make more jabs available for other ...

Who Has Distributed More Vaccines Abroad, China or the U.S.? Well, It Depends on What You’re Counting

Together, the Chinese-made Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines account for almost half of the 7.3 billion COVID-19 vaccines that have been delivered to date around the world, especially to developing regions in Asia and Latin America (not so much in Africa).

Large Shipment of Chinese Vaccines Arrive in Ethiopia at a Crucial Time for Beijing’s Ties With Addis Ababa

China's ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan handed over a donation of 800,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday to Health Minister Lia Tadesse at a ceremony at the international airport in Addis Ababa. What's notable here is that ...

Huawei’s Former Premium Smartphone Brand Honor Hopes to Make a Comeback in Africa

Huawei's former premium smartphone brand Honor (now owned by the Shenzhen city government) plans to make a big push in South Africa next year with the opening of three retail stores and distribution deals with the country's major telcos Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom. (TECH ...

Nigerian Journalist Wins West African Reporting Prize For Coverage of Illegal Chinese Mining

Nigerian journalist Chinedu Asadu won the West Africa Media Excellence Conference Award on Friday for his daring undercover report on illegal Chinese mining in the Federal Capital Territory near Abuja. Asadu, then a reporter for the Nigerian online publication The ...