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Folashadé Soulé on West Africa’s Priorities at FOCAC 8

The triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit is just weeks away now and speculation is now starting to build as to what will be on the agenda. As of now, very little is known as to what's going to happen, ...

Erdogan Tours Africa Sounding a Lot Like a Chinese President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, the second leg of his three-nation, four-day tour of Africa. While the primary focus of his visit to Nigeria will be to foster closer commercial ties with Ankara's largest trading partner on the continent, the ...

The Messy Politics of Building a Railway in Kenya With Chinese Money

Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is the showcase in Africa for China's debt-led infrastructure development drive. While critics accuse China of saddling Nairobi with unsustainable levels of debt to build the rail line that goes from the port of Mombasa to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

We Now Know More About Zambia’s Debt… And It’s Not Good

The Zambian government owes creditors close to $27 billion, according to new data released by the Finance Ministry on Wednesday. The majority of those debts, $16.86 billion, are owed to foreign creditors and also include half a billion dollars of penalties for late payments. ...

Ghana Points to Difficulties Ahead For African Governments’ Access to Capital

The premiums that investors are charging Ghana to buy its debt have surged six-fold to the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, making it a lot more expensive for the country to borrow money from global capital markets. The ...

China’s African Union Ambassador Previews Some of the Themes That Will be Raised at the Upcoming FOCAC Summit

China's mission to the African Union hosted an online forum on Wednesday where Ambassador Li Yuxi previewed some of the themes, albeit not in any great detail, that will be raised at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that is expected to take place at the ...

It’s Back to Business For Chinese Contractors in the DR Congo

Municipal authorities in the Congolese capital Kinshasa announced that Chinese construction major Sinohydro will be among the lead contractors to refurbish a 75-kilometer section of the city's decrepit rail line. Governor Gentiny Ngobila hosted a ceremony in City Hall (photo) on Tuesday ...

China Hawk Peter Pham is America’s Most Visible Spokesman on Africa And He Doesn’t Even Work For the Government

There are few figures in Washington's Africa policy circles who are as outspoken as Peter Pham, the Trump administration's former special envoy to the Great Lakes region and, for a brief stint, the special envoy to the Sahel. ...

Energy Think Tank Head Proposes 3 Ways China Can Help to Develop Africa’s Next Generation Power Market

Representatives from eight African countries met with leaders from China's oil and gas industry along with prominent think tank analysts to discuss China-Africa energy cooperation issues in a sideline conference to the Second Belt and Road Ministerial forum on energy trade and investment.

Rwanda’s Ambassador is Solidly in China’s Corner

There's often a huge discrepancy between the complex discourse about China that takes place in most African countries and the unabashedly enthusiastic embrace of China and the Communist Party that's expressed by a number of African ambassadors in Beijing. Few are ...

African Iron Ore Exporters Keep a Wary Eye on China’s Falling Steel Output

Iron ore prices are holding steady... for now... but investors are becoming increasingly worried about the impact that the real estate crisis and China's slowing economy overall may have on-demand later in the year.  Plus, Chinese officials have tried to limit ...

It Looks Like the U.S. and Europe Are Now More Worried About China’s Growing Influence in LatAm Than Africa

The Daily Mail's sensationalist headline today ("China's take-over in America's back yard") speaks to the mounting concern in U.S. and European capitals about China's growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. This latest wave of anxiety, ...

New Nigerian Chinese-Built Railways Generating Enough Revenue to Pay Off the Loans, Says Transport Minister

Nigeria's new Chinese-financed Standard Gauge Railways are already generating enough revenue to repay the loans needed to build them, said Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi. Passenger usage of the Lagos to Ibadan line has been quite ...
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