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Tshisekedi Appears to Be Looking for an Exit to His Prolonged Standoff With Chinese Mining Companies

On Friday DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi hinted during a meeting of the Council of Ministers (the DRC's cabinet) that he wants to bring an end to the ongoing dispute with Chinese mining companies over unfair contracts. The President 

Lightning Round: Africa-France Summit, FOCAC & UK Port Deal

An often contentious leaderless summit took place last in Montepellier where African youth activists did not hold back in telling French President Emmanuel Macron what they thought needed to be done to improve ties between the two regions. Eric & Cobus ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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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 ...

Belt and Road Energy Conference Opens in Qingdao, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to China Among First Day Speakers

Representatives from 32 countries attended the opening day of the Belt and Road Energy Partnership conference in the northern port city of Qingdao on Monday. Ethiopia's ambassador to China Teshome Toga (photo) was among the first day's speakers along with Vice-Premier Han Zheng. ...

Week in Review: Xi Opens COP15, Zambia Takes Action Against a Chinese Mine & SA Busts Chinese Abalone Ring

The UN's biodiversity convention, known as COP15, opened on Tuesday in the southern Chinese city of Kunming. President Xi Jinping delivered the keynote address and announced that China will commit $230 million to help developing countries protect endangered plant and animal wildlife. Even as China is currently bingeing ...

The Case For Better African Governance in Managing Chinese Development Projects

There's been mounting criticism of Chinese development projects in Africa by both political and civil society actors in response to rising debt levels, environmental degradation, and the maltreatment of local workers by Chinese managers. While many put the burden of responsibility ...

SolarTaxi: The Hot Ghanaian Start-Up Powered by Low-Cost Chinese Tech

Tech entrepreneur Jorge Appiah wants to revolutionize how people and goods get around Ghana by making transportation cheaper and, more important, cleaner. The CEO and Founder of SolarTaxi, a start-up launched in 2019 focused on electric-powered mobility solutions for both businesses and consumers, is ...

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports.  So it was particularly interesting to see the announcement this week of ...

FOCAC Is About 6 Weeks Away. Here’s What Might Be On the Agenda

With everything surrounding the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit shrouded in secrecy and uncertainty, previewing what will happen at the Dakar event is admittedly a risky undertaking. So, these predictions are suggestive at best, given how much hearsay is swirling around the summit. 

Kenya Led the World in Finishing Chinese-Funded Infrastructure Projects Ahead of Schedule

Kenya completed more Chinese-financed construction projects ahead of schedule than any other country in the world, according to the findings from AidData's recently released report on Belt and Road financing.  AidData, a research lab based at William & ...

While the EU & U.S. Talk About Competing With China to Build Infrastructure in the Global South, Japan’s Experience in Vietnam Should Give Them Pause

Over the past month, the United States and Europe have doubled down on their commitment to challenging China's Belt and Road Initiative by launching new initiatives to build infrastructure in developing countries. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week 

Li Anshan’s “Five Basic Facts About China-Africa Relations”

Professor Li Anshan is widely regarded as the preeminent Chinese scholar on African affairs. Li, who's now a professor emeritus at Peking University and President of the Chinese Association of African History, has shaped the Chinese intellectual discourse on Africa probably more than anyone else in academia. ...
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