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Kenya’s SGR Scandal Isn’t Going Away

This week saw the announcement that the United Kingdom’s international development investment arm, the CDC Group, will invest $1 billion in Kenyan infrastructure. This will include funding a new rail transit hub in Nairobi. It’s interesting that the UK is leaning into ...

Four Chinese Nationals Refused Entry in the DR Congo, Deported Back to China

A group of four Chinese nationals who arrived at the Lubumbashi International Airport in the southern DR Congo last week were refused entry into the country and were deported back to China. Congolese immigration authorities claim the four, three men, and ...

6 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Kenyan Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

Kenyan immigration arrested six Chinese nationals last week as part of a broader crackdown against foreigners illegally living and working in the country. The six range in age between 25 and 30 years old, and were detained after authorities received a local tip.

Citing National Security, Kenya (Again) Refuses to Release SGR Contracts With China

Kenya's transportation minister Joseph Njoroge reaffirmed the government's longstanding refusal to make public the $3.9 billion contract with the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to build the Standard Gauge Railway. Njoroge's cited a host of reasons for rejecting the ...

Small-scale Miners in Northeastern DR Congo Protest Against Chinese Mining Companies’ Use of Heavy Machinery

Protests erupted this week in the far northeastern Congolese province of Haut-Uélé where small-scale miners rallied against the growing presence of Chinese mining companies in the region. The marchers, mostly young men, are upset about how Chinese mining companies are using large ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

Kenyan Labor Union Calls For Employees of a Chinese State-Owned Contractor to Strike, Police Arrest 5

Members of the Kenya Ceramics Tiles, Wood Ply, and Interiors Designers Workers Union have gone on strike to protest working conditions at construction sites run by the China State Construction Engineering Cooperation (CSCEC). The union submitted a list of 11 grievances (photo) against the company that ...

Liberia’s House of Reps Blocks Controversial Chinese Mining Deal

A fascinating political struggle is playing out in Liberia over a controversial 25-year iron ore deal with Chinese company BAO Chico. Last week, the Senate ratified the deal in what critics contend was effectively a rubber stamp decision after only minimal discussion and no expert ...

Liberian Senate Approves Controversial Resources-For-Infrastructure Deal With Chinese Mining Company

The Liberian Senate voted on Friday to approve a controversial $2.5 billion iron ore for infrastructure deal with the Chinese mining giant BAO Chico. The origins of the deal date back to the 2018 FOCAC summit when President George Weah negotiated the arrangement ...

Ghanaian Mall Owner Explains Why They Put Giant Boulders in Front of a Neighboring China Mall

The owners of the West Hills shopping mall in southern Ghana who dumped huge boulders in front of the China Mall next door explained that they did so to stop the neighboring shopping center from expanding onto their land -- and not because they objected to the ...

Chinese Embassy in DRC and Sicomines React With Fury to Social Video That Purportedly Shows Exhumation of Mine Worker Killed on the Job

China's ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, reacted angrily on Monday to a video circulating on Congolese Twitter that purportedly shows a Sicomines worker exhuming the corpse of one of his colleagues (NSFW). The video was posted over ...
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