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Sorry South Africa, China’s Not Going to Finance a New Joburg-Durban High-Speed Railway

Chen Xiaodong, China’s ambassador to South Africa, recently caused a small flurry of press coverage by seeming to imply that China could be moving towards funding a high-speed rail link between SA’s economic heartland, Gauteng, and Durban, its most important harbor.  ...

With Access to South Africa’s Main Port Still Hampered, The Rush Is on To Build Alternate Trade Routes for DRC Resources

With road and rail access to South Africa's main port in Durban still blocked by the damage from the past week of record floods, there's a new urgency to develop alternate trade routes for the vast quantities of natural resources that flow ...

Namibia is the Latest African Country That Wants to Build a Railway to the Southern DRC’s Cobalt Mining Zone

Namibia is the latest in a growing number of African countries that wants to become the gateway for Congolese cobalt and other resources. The Namibian transport ministry just completed a feasibility study for a 770km railway that will connect the southern DRC mining hub of ...

Fears that China Will Seize Mombasa Port Unfounded: Upcoming Report

Throughout the last two years, Kenya has been rattled by reports that its debt to China for the troubled Standard Gauge Railway could lead to the seizure of the Port of Mombasa. Since then this story and the other ‘debt trap’ narratives like it have ...

China’s Minmetals Doubles Down on DRC Cobalt

The lure of greater access to the DR Congo's vast copper and cobalt reserves is drawing more Chinese mining companies to expand their investments in the country. Mining giant Minmetals Resources on Monday announced a $600 million deal to expand copper and cobalt extraction from its Kinsevere ...

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 ...

Comparing Chinese Rail Projects in Kenya and Indonesia

China is building rail lines all over the Global South. But how does Africa's experience with Chinese contractors compare with that of Southeast Asian countries?  The South African Institute of International Affairs recently published a paper comparing the environmental, ...

China Donates Surveillance System and Vehicles to Help Protect Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

China's Ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjiang, used a ceremonial outsized key to mark the opening of a new Chinese-financed security surveillance center for the Standard Gauge Railway. It was not specified what kind of surveillance technology and from what manufacturer was ...

Lai Mohammed: Even Without Chinese Financing, Nigeria Won’t Give Up Building New Railways

It's beginning to settle in among Nigeria's governing class that once abundant Chinese railway financing is no more. Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi was the first to acknowledge the new reality earlier this month when he told the Guardian newspaper (Nigeria) that the country's future railway ...

China May No Longer Finance Large-Scale Railways in Africa, But It’s Still a Big Player in the Industry

China is not financing the construction of Tanzania's new Standard Gauge Railway line but it is nonetheless playing a big role in its development. On Tuesday, Tanzania Railway Corporation officials signed a $127.2 million deal with the Chinese rail car manufacturing giant CRRC International for ...

Meet Nigeria’s First Female Train Conductor (Who Also Happens to be Fluent in Mandarin)

The state-owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) that built the new Lagos-to-Ibadan standard gauge railway in Nigeria, published a cute corporate video recently that showcased the country's first female train conductor. Introduced only by her Chinese name Bai Yang, she ...
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