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Ambassador Zhou Pingjian: China’s Tried Its Best to Meet Kenya’s Request on Loans

The Nation's Senior Diplomatic Writer, Aggrey Mutambo, sat down with China's ambassador to Kenya for a wide-ranging interview that covered access to Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines, next year's FOCAC summit in Dakar, and how Beijing will deal with Nairobi's difficulty in repaying its debts.

China, Debt and the Future of Kenya

The investigative series Africa Uncensored broadcast a riveting one-hour documentary on Kenyan national TV last night that explored the country's ballooning national debt. The program highlighted how, as Kenya's largest bilateral creditor owning an estimated 70% (or $6.2 billion) of its ...

Chinese Private Sector Engagement in Africa is Going to be Much More Important in 2021 And Beyond

Over the past several weeks, Chinese officials have convened a series of high profile forums with key African stakeholders in what appears to be an effort to lay the groundwork for next year's triennial Forum on China Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) that is scheduled to take place ...

Senior Chinese Official Promotes Integration of Africa’s New Free Trade Area With the Belt and Road Initiative

The idea of linking China's Belt and Road Initiative with the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement appears to be gaining momentum among senior Chinese policymakers. Chang Hao, a high-ranking official with the influential National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) -- a powerful body that effectively sets macroeconomic ...

Kenya’s President Doesn’t Want to Hear Any Lectures From U.S., EU-Led Donors As Country Restructures Its Debt

President Uhuru Kenyatta warned international development agencies, and the U.S. and Europe on Friday against using Kenya's current debt crisis as a pretext to lecture the country and interfere in its affairs. "Please, I ask you to refrain from interfering, telling ...

10,000+ Participate in China-Kenya Digital Trade Show, Say Organizers

Since the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, China has struggled to find new ways to conduct the B2B trade shows that have been so effective in the past at connecting Chinese and African merchants. Some of the online-only fairs that took place in the spring and early ...

Amid Rising COVID Infection Rates, Kenya Looks to China For Help in Securing Vaccine Supplies

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Health Ministry to open talks with China to secure supplies of a future COVID-19 vaccine. Until now, Kenya had planned to depend on the global vaccine alliance known as Covax but amid a new wave of infections and mounting ...

China and the Race to Supply C19 Vaccines in Africa

A palpable sense of anxiety is emerging from a number of African capitals that when COVID-19 vaccines are finally available, poorer, lesser-developed countries are going to once again be at the end of the line.  We saw this earlier this week ...

China’s Role in Africa’s Economic Transformation

Over the past 20 years China has played a pivotal, arguably indispensable role in Africa's economic development. China is by far Africa's largest bilateral trading partner, a major source of foreign investment and a vital player in helping Africa to close ...

The Role of Education in Tackling Child Marriage in Kenya

By China House Student Fellows Qinnan He, Larrissa Leung, Linyi Xia and Xuewen Zhang (Authors listed alphabetically, this research article has been authored equally). “I’ll share you a girl’s story. She’s 35 now with 9 children after being forced to marry ...
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