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Nigeria is Right to be Worried About the Wuhan Coronavirus

Nigeria Center for Disease Control Director General Chikwe Ihekweazu is doing his best to reassure constituents that his team is closely following the spread of the deadly coronavirus in China and monitoring to see if it makes its way all the over to Nigeria.

So the UK Now Wants to Compete With China in Africa. Here’s What They’ll Need to Do

15 African heads of state were in London yesterday for the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit that was hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Harry. Like so many other "Africa Summits" in Russia, Japan, Turkey, and India among other places, China, although rarely mentioned, loomed large ...

What Do the Latest China-Africa Trade Numbers Tell us About This Relationship? Not as Much as You Might Think.

Two-way China-Africa trade increased slightly by 2.2% last year to $208.7 billion, according to newly released data from China's General Administration of Customs. At first glance, trade between these two regions seems to be quite balanced overall. ...

2020 Will be a Big Year in the China-Africa Tech Sector

China's role in the African tech market is rapidly evolving away from just being a source of low-cost electronics to becoming the indispensable player in the continent's rapidly developing market for digital services, networking equipment and venture capital financing.

10 Critical Issues That Will Shape China-Africa Relations in 2020

What was once a relatively straightforward geopolitical relationship fueled by a desire for resources and a need for investment is becoming much more multifaceted and vastly more complex. While China's appetite for African resources remains important, the reality is that much of what Africa has to sell ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Annual Mystery Tour of Africa

What a snapshot of
this moment in foreign policy: as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarks this
week on his annual tour of African countries, the Pentagon is publicly disagreeing with U.S. President Trump about exactly which
Iranian sites might be targeted in possible airstrikes.

On the surface, the two don’t seem to have very much in common. After all, the China-Africa relationship and that between ...

If You Aren’t Following The Chinese Consulate in Johannesburg’s Twitter Feed, You’re Missing Something Very Entertaining

The Chinese diplomatic corps in Africa is new to Twitter with most of their new accounts coming online within just the past few months. While the majority of those feeds are filled with the standard diplomatic posts that one expects from an official Twitter account, the Twitter ...

Zimbabwe Takes Delivery of Used B777 With Hopes to Launch New Direct Flights to China

A Boeing 777 from Kuala Lumpur landed at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare this week and brought with it the hope that Zimbabwe can revive its national flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. This is the first of two 777-200s that Zimbabwe purchased for $16.5 million apiece ...

Tanzania’s Drive to Become Regional Transport Hub Gets Boost From New SGR Deals With Burundi, DRC 

Tanzania Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe signed agreements with both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi to link up their future Standard Gauge Railway lines to Tanzania's proposed SGR.  The 1,457km Tanzanian SGR line will connect inland East Africa from ...

Severe Drought Threatens Namibia’s Lucrative Beef Exports to China

With the country's dam levels now down below the critical 20% level, Namibia is running out of water, posing an immediate threat to both human health and the viability of the country's beef industry that has just begun exporting to the lucrative China market. ...

New Documents Unveiled in Kenya’s Court of Appeals Puroportedly Reveal Massive SGR Over-Spending

New documents have emerged that reportedly reveal widespread corruption and over-spending in the building of the Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. These documents are part of the ongoing case in front of Kenya's Court of Appeals in a suit against the government led activist Okiya ...

Tweet of the Day: It Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise if People Are Skeptical of the UK’s Newfound Interest in Africa

Charles Robertson is the Global Chief Economist at the investment banking firm Renaissance Capital. He is a regular commentator on emerging market issues to his 17,000+ followers on Twitter. You can ...

AFRICOM: While the U.S. Wants to Partner with African Governments to Fight Terrorism, China Instead Just Sells Weapons

To say that the U.S. Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) does not think highly of China's engagement on the continent would be putting it mildly. In an article published today in Military Times, AFRICOM commanders are outright dismissive of the Chinese ...

Tweet of the Day: The Chinese Consulate in Johannesburg Really Wants You to Follow Their New Social Media Pages. You Can Even Win a Prize!

The social media managers at the Chinese consulate in Johannesburg seem quite eager to build audiences on their new Facebook and Twitter pages. Over the weekend they ...

A Lawyer’s Perspective on What’s Ahead This Year for Two Controversial Chinese Bauxite Mining Deals in West Africa

University of Maryland legal scholar Zhang Jingjing is one of the world's leading experts on outbound Chinese investment, particularly involving cases that have serious environmental consequences. Over the years, she's been closely following developments in Guinea where Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB), a Singaporean/Chinese consortium, has a ...

Kenya Looks Beyond China for New Sources of Development Finance

Since the new year, Kenya has taken some rather bold steps to reduce its borrowing costs and ensure that new loans are "fairly priced." The Treasury is seeking to refinance large portions of its current debt that's priced at commercial rates into more affordable concessionary loans. Separately, ...
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