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China Was Never Going to Seize the Port of Mombasa if Kenya Defaulted on its SGR Debts

For many Kenyans, the Port of Mombasa is much more than just a container terminal that facilitates shipping trade with the outside world. It's a prized national asset that serves as an indispensable economic hub for all of East Africa and a facility that hundreds of thousands ...

Tanzania Tells China Merchants Holdings: “Take It or Leave It!”

Tanzanian President John Magufuli seems to be taking a page from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's playbook on how to negotiate with the Chinese. Mahathir last year, if you recall, abruptly canceled a multi-billion dollar rail and oil pipeline deal with the Chinese, calling them ...

Russia-Africa Summit: The Bear Returns to Africa

For decades the Soviet Union had extensive ties across Africa, from its contribution to the national liberation movements in countries such as Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and South Africa, as well as its involvement in the Ogaden conflict. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, these relationships ...

Q&A: China’s Internet Governance Model and the Rise of Digital Surveillance in Africa

From time to time when Cobus and I are interviewed by the news media seeking comment on a particular China-Africa topic, we like to share the transcript of the interview here both for reasons of transparency after the article is public and because the discussions are often ...

Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway and the Dramas of Development

This week saw the launch of the newest phase of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR,) connecting the port in Mombasa to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha. The Mombasa-Naivasha section of the SGR cost $1.5 billion. It connects to the initial phase, between Nairobi and Mombasa, ...

Race and Racism in the Africa-China Relationship

This essay is a preview of Dr. Roberto Castillo's forthcoming article on "race" and "racism" in Africa-China relations. It was originally published as a multipart Twitter thread and has been re-posted here with the author's permission. Some years ago, during ...

For Many Chinese in Africa, There’s a Fine Line Between “Eating Bitter” and Actually Becoming Bitter

Where do we find the line between eating bitterness and becoming bitter? In the latest episode of the China in Africa Project podcast, "The Bitter Life for Chinese Migrant Workers in Ethiopia," hosts Eric Olander and Cobus ...

Is Africa’s Increasing Attractiveness a Signal of Guaranteed Success?

By Timothy Karikari in Beijing and Julie Frimpong-Ansah in Accra A month ago, more than twenty African leaders including the continent’s largest economies Nigeria and South Africa were guests of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the 7th Tokyo International Conference ...

The Year of the Mobile Phone is Transforming China-Africa Relations

In the history of China-Africa relations, 2019 may come to be known as the year of the mobile phone. It was a year when phones took on an outsized commercial and political importance. Selling its Tecno phones in Africa carried Transsion, a relatively ...

What Key Lessons Can African Countries Learn from the China-NBA Dispute

DISCLAIMER: The article raises a number of sensitive issues that are intended to inform and educate stakeholders in the China-Africa relationship about key political issues in China that influence current events. CAP Managing Editor Eric Olander, nor anyone else at the CAP, does not advocate for or ...
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