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Debt, Trade, and Infrastructure Expected to Top the Agenda For Wang Yi’s Visit to Kenya

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Kenya late Wednesday afternoon, the second stop on his three-nation Africa tour. He left Eritrea to fly directly to the port city of Mombasa where he was greeted upon arrival by his Kenyan counterpart, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary ...

This Was Was Likely be the Last Time Wang and Kenyatta Meet in Their Current Roles, Ending a 9-Year Professional Relationship

Thursday's meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the State House in Mombasa will likely be their last in their current roles, bringing to a close a professional relationship that dates back to at least 2013 when they both ascended ...

China’s Share of Kenya’s Total Debt Shrinks as Borrowing Surges

Kenya's Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is forecasting the country's total public debt will reach $78 billion this June and $86 billion by the same time in 2023. Meantime, China's share of the country's debts, estimated at around $6.5 billion, ...

Wang Yi’s Visit to Eritrea Was Symbolically Important But Produced Few Tangible Outcomes

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) wrapped up his brief visit to Eritrea on Wednesday by signing a broadly-worded joint statement with his counterpart Osman Saleh (right). The statement was largely boilerplate, with the usual references to "mutual support" and ...

One of China’s Top Africa Scholars Tries to Explain How Wang Yi Chooses What African Countries to Visit and Also Responds to Debt Trap Accusation

For 32 years, Chinese foreign ministers like Wang Yi have made it a priority to go to Africa for their first overseas trip of the year but little is known about what goes into selecting the countries for these annual visits. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...

Was a Chinese Mine in the DR Congo Looted After the President Paid a Visit? The Mining Minister Says No, But Video Says Otherwise

The DR Congo's Mining Minister Antoinette N'samba is trying to quell accusations that the Chinese-owned Anhui Mining Investment Company (SACIM) was ransacked by looters last week after she and President Félix Tshisekedi visited the facility in the central Kasai Oriental province. Soon after ...