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Contrasting U.S. and Liberian Views on the Role of Chinese Lending in African

There's been a noticeable increase this year in the frequency of seminars (off and online) in the United States about the Belt and Road and China's role in Africa in particular. Generally speaking, the consensus among the participants, particularly those from the U.S., is quite negative towards ...

Construction of an Important Sino-Nigerian Infrastructure Experiment is Almost Finished, Says Transportation Minister

Nigeria's Transportation Minister (and likely presidential candidate) Rotimi Amaechi conducted a site visit on Saturday of the massive Lekki Deep Seaport project in Lagos where he said construction is now 80% finished. He added that he's expecting Chinese contractors to finish ...

Kenya’s SGR Scandal Isn’t Going Away

This week saw the announcement that the United Kingdom’s international development investment arm, the CDC Group, will invest $1 billion in Kenyan infrastructure. This will include funding a new rail transit hub in Nairobi. It’s interesting that the UK is leaning into ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Three Chinese Warships Head to Gulf of Aden For Anti-Piracy Mission

Three Chinese warships left Guangdong on Saturday and are now making their way to the Gulf of Aden to take part in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. However, the key question is how long they'll stay. After 14 years, the Somali government now appears to have ...

Four Chinese Nationals Refused Entry in the DR Congo, Deported Back to China

A group of four Chinese nationals who arrived at the Lubumbashi International Airport in the southern DR Congo last week were refused entry into the country and were deported back to China. Congolese immigration authorities claim the four, three men, and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

The Long Arc of Chinese Lending to Africa

The biggest headline from November’s FOCAC meeting was China’s pivot away from infrastructure funding. But like many FOCAC headlines, it needs several asterisks. In the first place, the pivot might actually be away from a particular infrastructure model (massive projects funded with large bilateral Chinese policy bank ...

Meet the CityBug: The Newest Chinese-made EV to Go On Sale In South Africa

South Africa lags far behind other middle-income countries in the availability of electric vehicles but Chinese brands like Eleksa are hoping to change with the introduction of new cars like the $15,000 Citybug. The two-door compact seats four and has a ...

Chinese Auto Majors See South Africa as a Key Market to Compete Head-On With Global Rivals

South Africa's intensely competitive car market may provide a glimpse into the future of global automotive trade with Chinese brands successfully competing with rivals from the U.S., Germany, Japan, and South Korea. In fact, SA is one of the only markets in the world where a Chinese ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: It’s Now Possible to Transport Cargo From Uganda to Kenya’s Port of Mombasa

The long-held dream of transporting goods between Uganda and the Port of Mombasa became a reality on Monday with the inauguration of a new rail line that connects Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) with a newly refurbished meter gauge line in Uganda. This is a pared-down version of the ...

Citing National Security, Kenya (Again) Refuses to Release SGR Contracts With China

Kenya's transportation minister Joseph Njoroge reaffirmed the government's longstanding refusal to make public the $3.9 billion contract with the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to build the Standard Gauge Railway. Njoroge's cited a host of reasons for rejecting the ...
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