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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 ...

The Messy Politics of Building a Railway in Kenya With Chinese Money

Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is the showcase in Africa for China's debt-led infrastructure development drive. While critics accuse China of saddling Nairobi with unsustainable levels of debt to build the rail line that goes from the port of Mombasa to ...

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 ...

More Details on How Germany’s Siemens Outbid Chinese Contractors to Win the Red-to-Med High-Speed Railway in Egypt

This week's news that the German company Siemens outbid Chinese and French contractors to build the new Egyptian high-speed railway that will go from Ain Sukhna on the Red Sea to the Mediterranean port city of Marsa Matruh took some by surprise, given how dominant Chinese ...

Egypt’s Al-Sisi Takes a Ride on New Chinese Train Linking to New Chinese-Built Administrative Capital

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi boarded a Chinese-made train on Wednesday for a glimpse of what the new electrified metro railway will be like when it ferries commuters to and from the country's new administrative capital that's now under construction by Chinese contractors outside of Cairo. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

What to Expect From the Upcoming China-Africa Leaders Summit?

With the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation leaders summit now widely expected to take place sometime in November, scholars and analysts are starting to set the expectations for the outcomes of the triennial gathering that will likely be much more contentious this year than in the past. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 

Kenya’s Dream to Build a Modern Railway Is Turning Into an Economic Nightmare

Many Kenyans were excited about plans to build a modern railway across the country linking the port city of Mombasa and Malaba town on the Kenya-Uganda border. It was touted as a game-changer; the key to unlocking not just Kenya’s economic takeoff, but that of the entire ...
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