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Leading Environmental Protection NGO Responds to Ghana’s Controversial Decision to Re-License a Chinese Trawler

The London-based Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) responded this week to the Ghanaian government's controversial decision to renew the fishing license for the Chinese trawler Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956. The EJF's main point of contention is that Lu Rong Yuan Yu ...

Why the Lack of Chinese Transparency Undermines Trust in Kenya’s Sustainable Development

We were inching along Ngong Road, one of the major roads in Kenya that links Nairobi to Ngong town. Even at 3 in the afternoon, the traffic leading out of the capital was packed with commuters. Street-hawkers use this slowness to their advantage, going from window to ...

While the CCP is Viewed With Skepticism in the U.S. and EU, That’s Definitely Not the Case in Parts of Africa

Although China's ties with African civil society stakeholders have frayed considerably in recent months due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, debt-related issues and, most notably, the lasting bitter taste over what happened in Guangzhou, Beijing's relations with Africa's governing class at both the state and ruling-party levels ...

Kenya Railways Dismisses Efforts to Cancel Contract With the Company’s Chinese Partner

Kenya Railways downplayed reports that it will be forced to cancel its contract with the Chinese-run AfriStar, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned enterprise China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), that currently operates the country's Standard Gauge Railway, according to The Standard newspaper.

Two Chinese Nationals Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Bribe a Senior Official in Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agency

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested two Chinese nationals, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi, this week for allegedly attempting to bribe the head of the EFCC's office in the northern city of Sokoto. The two were reportedly caught in an undercover sting operation after they ...

With an Eye on China, Europe Unveils New Africa Strategy

15 years after the European Union published its last strategy document for Africa, EU foreign policy leaders have come up with a new policy vision for the continent that officials unveiled on Monday. Officials say the "Comprehensive Strategy with Africa" aims ...

Did a Chinese Woman Die From COVID-19 in Zimbabwe? Depends on Who You Believe

Here's what we know: a woman from the eastern city of Mutare who recently returned from China made it to Wilkins hospital in Harare where she checked herself in complaining of symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19.  We don't know her nationality and what the official cause ...

The COVID-19 Crisis is Rapidly Evolving From a Health Crisis to an Economic Crisis to a Governance Crisis for Some African Leaders

Largely spared of the serious health consequences from the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the crisis in Africa is now rapidly evolving into an economic and now, increasingly, a political crisis as constituents in a number of African countries express frustration over how their governments have handled ...

African Admiration for Some of China’s Authoritarian Methods

One of the interesting themes to emerge from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is how a sizable number of Africans on social media express admiration for the Chinese government's methods of enforcement and population control. For example, in this video shared above, armed Chinese policy forcibly detains an ...

How the Chinese-Financed Standard Gauge Railways in East Africa Marks a New Era of Government-led Infrastructure Development

The founding Dean of Strathmore Law School in Nairobi and a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Luis Franceschi, wrote a pair of compelling columns last month in the Daily Nation newspaper that serve as a kind of master class on the enormous legal and economic implications associated ...
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