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Two Recent Setbacks in France and the U.S. Highlight the West’s Challenges in Competing With China in Africa

U.S. and European officials are now more aligned than they've been in years in their determination to challenge China's growing influence in Africa and other regions throughout the Global South. And while Western leaders have clearly articulated their desire to confront China, turning rhetoric into action is ...

Nigeria’s Transport Minister Questioned About “Tricky” Chinese Loans, Debt Traps and Repayment

Nigerian Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi made the rounds of national TV news channels to promote Tuesday's official launch of the Chinese-built Lagos to Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway service. In an interview with Arise TV, Rotimi fielded a ...

Nigeria’s New Chinese-Built Standard Gauge Railway Between Lagos and Ibadan to Begin Service Tomorrow

Nigeria's long-suffering commuters will be able to take the train between Lagos and Ibadan as of tomorrow, when the newly-built Chinese constructed standard gauge railway officially opens. The new railway, the first of its kind in West Africa, 

Nigeria Gives Up on Chinese Lenders to Finance Two Railway Projects, Talks With Standard Chartered Now Underway

The slowdown in Chinese infrastructure development lending in Africa is on vivid display in Nigeria, where the country's Transportation Minister acknowledged that he's no longer counting on Beijing to finance a pair of multi-billion railway projects, according to a Bloomberg report. ...

Uganda Announces Breakthrough Deal to Link Its Railway With Kenya’s SGR

The Ugandan government on Monday signed a $46 million (Sh5 billion) deal with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to revamp a 260-kilometer railway that will connect to Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway, making it possible for goods and passengers to travel directly from Kampala ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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Nigerian Minister Blames “Selfish Lawmakers” for Jeoparidizing Chinese Railway Loans

Nigeria's outspoken Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi accused lawmakers in the House of Representatives of being "selfish" for launching a probe into a 2018 Chinese loan agreement. Representatives erroneously thought that the waiver of a sovereign immunity clause in the loan contract ...

President John Magufuli’s Unexpected Death Comes at a Critical Time in Sino-Tanzania Relations

Chinese diplomatic missions in Africa responded with condolences early Thursday morning to the news that Tanzanian President John Magufuli passed away from heart complications on Wednesday. President Magufuli had been out of sight ...

The Star Editorial Board: SGR Needs to Go Regional to Repay Its Chinese Creditors

Kenya needs to invest even more money into the embattled SGR if the railway has any chance of becoming financially self-sufficient to the point where it can repay its Chinese creditors, according to an editorial in today's The Star newspaper. For ...

MP: Rampant Corruption, Poor Planning and “Pooh Pooh” Leadership to Blame for SGR’s Woes (Not China)

Kenyan Member of Parliament Kitutu Chache gave a very entertaining assessment of why the Standard Gauge Railway is facing so many difficulties which all, more or else in his view, relate to poor leadership and governance. ...

Kenya to Take Control of Some SGR Responsibilities Ahead of Schedule in an Effort to Reduce Debt Burden

Kenya Railways (KR) and Afristar, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation, have agreed to transfer some of the responsibilities of operating the embattled Standard Gauge Railway years ahead of schedule as part of an effort to reduce the financial burden on ...
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