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Speed is the One of the Key Hallmarks of Chinese Infrastructure Diplomacy in Africa

Chinese ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, touted the rapid pace of construction of the new Kinsuka power station that's being built by Shanghai Power in the capital Kinshasa. Just 10 months after construction began, said Zhu on Twitter, the new station is ...

Nairobi Expressway Signals Shift in Belt and Road Financing

Kenya’s new Nairobi Expressway is finally open to traffic. Transport Minister James Macharia commissioned the new Chinese-built intra-city highway on Saturday, ahead of its upcoming official launch.  The 27-kilometer road cost $668 million. How it recoups those costs will ...

Three Days to Go Before the Grand Opening of the Nairobi Expressway and a Lot of People Are Really ?&#)$! at the Chinese Contractor

The highly-anticipated opening of Nairobi's largest ever infrastructure project is now just days away and while many will be thrilled that a new expressway is finally opening to traffic, there's widespread discontent with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) that built the highway.

Tunisia Inaugurates Chinese-Built Diplomatic Academy, Boosting Beijing’s ‘Building Diplomacy’

China’s construction of government buildings in Africa isn’t slowing, even as it cuts back on other large-scale infrastructure projects. Tunisia recently became the newest example, with the inauguration of its new Chinese-built Tunisian Diplomatic Academy. The building, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp., will ...

Toll Costs in Cambodia a Warning for Kenya?

As Kenyan stakeholders complain because tolls to use their new Nairobi Expressway have increased before the Chinese-built road has even opened, they should spare a thought for their compatriots in Cambodia. While the toll on the Nairobi Expressway will start from about $1 for ...

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 Workers’ COVID Woes

As Kenya eagerly awaits the opening of the new Chinese-built Nairobi Expressway, concerns about workers and costs are surfacing. The Nation newspaper reported that the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), has reportedly refused to let some workers return to their hometowns since March 2020. This ...

New Complaint Adds to Kenya’s Chinese Contractor Woes

A Chinese contractor has slapped the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) with a bill for 1.1 billion Kenyan shillings ($9.6 million) in interest for delayed payments. The contractor, Nari-PCGE, complained to the Kenyan Parliament that it hadn’t been paid for its work on the 428-kilometer Loiyangalani-Suswa transmission line. ...

Stadium Diplomacy in Africa is Fashionable Again

Early on in China's engagement in Africa, the Chinese were big on gifting sports stadiums to African governments as part of their soft power diplomatic outreach on the continent. Later, Chinese infrastructure development shifted focus to larger, more conventional projects like bridges, railroads and highways but now ...

German Construction Companies Struggle to Find a Way to Compete Against Chinese Rivals in Africa

European leaders have made it very clear in recent weeks that they intend to compete vigorously against Chinese rivals for a larger slice of the African infrastructure construction market. While that may sound nice, in practice it's going to be difficult. ...

Egypt’s New Capital City is Literally Rising Out of the Sand

The Chinese construction company that's building Egypt's New Administrative Capital in a desert outside of Cairo regularly posts photos of the progress that's being made. The speed of construction is remarkable especially when you consider that there was literally nothing there but sand before construction ...
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