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Ethiopia’s Civil War Isn’t Slowing Construction of the Chinese-Financed and Built Africa CDC HQ

China's Ambassador to the African Union, Liu Yuxi, led a topping-out ceremony on Friday of the new headquarters of the Africa Center for Disease Control in Addis Ababa. The event marked the completion of the first phase of the project, which 

A Chinese Province Seeks to Make Inroads in the Kenyan Market

While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was visiting Kenya last week, a low-key B2B trade show was taking place nearby in Nairobi's Sarit Exposition Centre. It would probably have been worthwhile for the Secretary and his entourage to check it out.

Beijing Feels Egypt’s Administrative Capital Will Prove China’s Winning the Global South Infrastructure Game

Chinese media appears to be increasingly concerned about the emergence of new competitors to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), particularly the U.S.-led Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative, which is now gaining momentum. U.S. officials say around 50 projects have ...

Tshisekedi Checks in on the Progress of Kinshasa’s Vast New China-built Cultural Center

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi joined Ambassador Zhu Jing on Monday for a tour of the construction site of the new cultural center that China is financing and constructing in Kinshasa. When finished, the new 36,000 square meter ...

Letter From Nairobi: Chinese Contractors Have Turned the Kenyan Capital Into a Giant Construction Site

Large swathes of the Kenyan capital Nairobi currently feel like one big construction site on account of the ongoing construction of the 27 kilometer Nairobi Expressway that's being built by two of China's largest state-owned construction giants, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and Sinohydro. 

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FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

Nairobi Commuters Will Finally Get Some Relief When First Section of New Chinese-Financed Expressway Opens This Weekend

The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) finally said the words that every Nairobi motorist has been waiting to hear: the expressway is open! OK, so it's just the first section of the 27-kilometer roadway but even that will provide some badly-needed relief ...

Uganda’s Parliament Considering New Law to Bolster Local Construction Companies Against Chinese Competition

The Ugandan parliament is considering a bill proposed by infrastructure minister Katumba Wamala that would provide sanctuary to local construction companies when bidding for smaller road contracts. Although China was not mentioned in the proposed legislation specifically, it's widely ...

Chinese Contractors Almost Finished With Upgrade and Expansion of Uganda’s Main International Airport

Five years after the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) began work on a $200 million upgrade and expansion of Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, project managers say the project is 75% complete. When completed the new cargo terminal will be able ...

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 ...

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 ...
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