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Why Is the Kenyan Government Determined to Hide Its Chinese Loan Contracts?

A growing number of Kenyans are becoming increasingly incensed with Attorney General (AG) Kihara Kariuki for his determination to challenge activists’ demands in court for disclosure of the $3.2 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contract with China. The move didn’t go down well with ...

Chinese EV Battery Makers Push New Cobalt-Free Power Packs

Two seemingly contradictory trends are underway in China's electric vehicle battery market. On the one hand, there's a greater push to import ever-larger quantities of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the same time, there are also rapid moves to develop ...

Mnangagwa: “We Are Not Worried About Those Who Get Angry Because China Has Helped Us.”

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa toured the construction site of the new Robert Mugabe International Airport expansion in Harare on Wednesday. The expansion is being financed and built by China. After the tour, President Mnangagwa took aim at critics, presumably in the U.S. and UK, of ...

Thanks to a “Partnership” With China, President Kenyatta Breaks Ground For New Military Hospital

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had a photo op atop a heavy earth mover on Wednesday at the Kabete Military Barracks in Nairobi to break ground on a massive new state-of-the-art military hospital that will be built in "partnership" with China. ...

Why the Myanmar-China New Passage is Potentially a Very Big Deal For Africa

China successfully completed its first test run of an important sea-road-rail trade route that connects the Port of Yangon in Myanmar to the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu in southern China. A shipment arrived from Singapore at the capital ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Greece Settles Port Dispute With China But Concerns Linger

Although many countries, such as Iraq, Algeria, and Syria, continue to underline the positive outcomes of their relations with China, the search through the media outlets of the wider Mediterranean also showed that there are raising concerns over a rising Chinese political presence in the MENA region, ...

Ethiopia Moves to Restructure SOE Debt, No Word Though On China Loans

The Ethiopian Ministry of Finance (MOF) is bundling together the debts of six of its largest state-owned enterprises and will transfer the liability for these debts from the firms to the MOF itself. No mention, though, was made at 

Sino-Congolese Mining Venture Sicomines Launches Conveniently Timed Social Development Program

The Sino-Congolese mining company Sicomines held a signing ceremony on Saturday for one of its largest community development initiatives in the joint venture's 14-year history. The company will spend almost $12 million to upgrade the infrastructure and provide development assistance to local communities around its ...

China Slams Economist Report on Beijing’s Financing of New Fishing Port in Sierra Leone

The Chinese Foreign Ministry seemingly went out of its way on Friday to challenge an August 19th story published by The Economist that was critical of China's plans to finance the construction of a new deep-water fishing port in Sierra Leone: "many Sierra Leoneans fret ...

Week in Review: Crime, COVID and Cables

The Facebook-led 2Africa undersea data cable initiative announced that it will add three more countries to its list of landing sites across Africa. Seychelles, Comoros, and Angola will all be connected to the billion-dollar, 37,000-kilometer cable that will connect Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In what is ...
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