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Motorists Respond to Nairobi Expressway Grand Opening

Kenyan social media influencers were among the lucky few that were invited to drive along the Nairobi Expressway during this weekend's public trial. Not surprisingly, the reactions were overwhelmingly positive on both YouTube and Twitter, especially since they had the roads to themselves.

Chinese and Australian Companies Battle For Control of Massive Congolese Lithium Mine

Two mining majors, one from China and the other from Australia, are fighting a pitched battle over a 15% share of the massive Manono lithium mine in the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. While normally such a small ...

Chinese-Built Nairobi Expressway to Open to Cars Next Week, But First It Was Runners’ Turn to Use the New Road

Thousands of Kenyans filled the new Chinese-financed and built Nairobi Expressway on Sunday when they ran/walked along the new road as part of the Nairobi City Marathon. President Uhuru Kenyatta was on hand to start the race and told everyone that ...

COVID Lockdowns Scrambling Strategic Metals Sector

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 lockdowns in China, the Ukraine war and the ongoing crisis at the South African port of Durban are roiling the strategic battery sector, used for e-vehicles. While prices are falling in the short term due to pandemic restrictions, ...

Mounting Public Anger in Nairobi Over the Perception of Infrastructure “Apartheid”

While there's palpable excitement in Kenyan capital about the imminent opening of the new 27-kilometer Nairobi Expressway there's an equal amount of "anger, resentment, despair, and frustration" about the impact the new highway is having on the road below. People are ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Nairobi Expressway Tolls Increase Before It’s Even Opened

Kenya’s new Chinese-built Nairobi Expressway is hiking its toll prices, even though it hasn’t opened yet. The government announced that motorists using the motorway will pay 350 Kenyan shillings ($3.03) more than previously announced, bringing the total toll to between 120 and 1,800 shillings ...

Excitement Rising in Nairobi for Expressway Launch

Excitement is mounting in Nairobi in the runup to the formal commissioning of the Kenyan capital's new Chinese-built Nairobi Expressway. The online reaction ranges from praise for the highway as an expression of democracy, to angry refusals to participate in its automatic ...

Chinese-Made Electric Buses Launch in Nairobi

The Kenyan mobility startup BasiGo has assembled its first electric buses, using components from the Chinese automaker Build Your Dream (BYD). BasiGo closed a $4.3 million seed funding round in February to assemble and sell electric-powered buses. The company ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

Sinotruck to Open New Assembly Plant in Tanzania

Chinese state-owned heavy vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck announced this week that it plans an assembly plant in Tanzania. Sinotruck’s investment in the plant comes to $20 million and will create 500 jobs. One additional benefit from the new plant, and others ...
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