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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 ...

Chinese-Owned African Pay-TV Giant StarTimes Launches New Propaganda Show

The Beijing-based African pay-TV operator StarTimes launched a new program on Monday that appears aimed at bolstering official Chinese government messaging on the continent in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that will take place soon in Dakar, Senegal.

Folashadé Soulé on the Key Priorities For West African Countries at This Year’s China-Africa Summit

For much of the past twenty years, since the first FOCAC summit in 2000, China's engagement strategy on the continent has focused predominantly on anglophone countries in southern and eastern Africa like Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. Angola, of course, was an important exception. ...

Nigeria State Governor’s Tirade Against a Chinese Contractor Goes Viral

The governor of the northern Nigerian state of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, publicly berated a representative from the Changjiang Construction Nigerian Ltd. last week in a video that sparked widespread outrage online and fed into the narrative that Chinese construction companies build low-quality infrastructure, like the hospital in question ...

Week in Review: Vaccines, Military and Coal

Algeria will become the second African country after Egypt to begin local production of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines.  A new "fill-and-finish" facility in the eastern city of Constantine will begin producing Sinovac jabs on Wednesday. The government says initial output will range between 1-3 million doses per month through ...

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 ...

Many Nigerians Feel Abandoned By Their Government For Not Enforcing Labor Laws at Chinese Companies

This summer's death of Onyinye Onwuegbusi, a young translator at a Chinese-owned factory in Nigeria, has sparked a national campaign to draw attention to the prevalence of forced labor and the lack of occupational safety measures at many Chinese companies operating in the country.

Week in Review: Human Rights, Contracts and Finance

China is turning to governments in Tanzania, South Sudan, and other Global South countries to fend off international criticism over its human rights policies in Xinjiang. The treatment of Uyghur Muslims was the main focus this week at the UN Human Rights Council after 

TRANSLATION: What Chinese Companies Can Learn From Indian Pharmaceutical Companies in Africa

With health issues, specifically the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, expected to be high on the agenda at the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation leaders summit that is scheduled to take place later this year in Senegal, there's heightened interest in China over how Chinese pharmaceutical ...

Don’t Worry About the Debt, Assures Kenya’s Treasury Minister as Millions Flow Back to China

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Treasury, Ukur Yatani defended the government’s recent borrowing spree and urged citizens not to worry about debt since the government has a repayment plan. “If you want fast development you have to borrow. It would take us ...

Chinese Beverage Brand Gante Thinks African Basketball Fans Will Want to Buy Its “Hundred Year Old” Bottled Water

Uganda upset Nigeria on Wednesday to move on to the quarterfinals of the AfroBasket 2021 tournament in Kigali... equally interesting, though, at the game were ads for the Chinese beverage brand Ganten and its 百岁山 (Hundred Year Old) bottled water brand that were on ...
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