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Update on the Current State of China-Nigeria Ties With Efem Ubi

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had envisioned leaving office with vast amounts of shiny new Chinese-financed infrastructure built throughout the country. That's not going to happen. China has lost its appetite for large-scale development projects in Nigeria leaving some $15 billion of ...

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 ...

Nigeria’s China-Friendly Transport Minister Resigns to Run for President

Rotimi Amaechi formally resigned on Tuesday from his position as Nigeria’s minister of transportation. The move is in preparation to compete in Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election, scheduled for February 2023.   During his tenure, Amaechi oversaw the transformation ...

Stalled Chinese Financing Complicates Buhari’s Infrastructure Legacy

Nigeria’s presidential race is officially on, but many are wondering how China will shape the fortunes of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the party of the current front-runner Rotimi Amaechi, the country's former transport minister. President Muhammadu Buhari came ...

Chinese Public Security Officials Meet with Nigerian Delegation on Security

🇳🇬 Officials from China’s Ministry of Public Security met with Nigerian counterparts and representatives from Chinese companies, to discuss ongoing security threats to Chinese nationals in the country. The session particularly focused on repeated kidnappings of Chinese in Nigeria. (SOUTH AFRICAN DAILY -- in Chinese) ...

Ghanaian Chief Pleads For Government to Better Protect His Community’s Land From Illegal Chinese Miners

A local chief in southern Ghana convened a press conference over the weekend to issue a public appeal for the government to do more to protect his community's land against illegal Chinese miners. Nana Gyamera Kwabena Yiakwah II claimed that Chinese ...

China’s Economic Slowdown Felt All the Way at the Port of Mombasa While Namibia’s Port Expands to Grab More DRC Cargo

🇰🇪 Kenyan shipping officials say the lockdowns in China and the long delays for vessels to dock in Chinese ports are having a major impact on the volumes of cargo processed at the Ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. (THE EAST AFRICAN)

African Legislators Make Vain Appeal For Debt Cancellation 

Legislative leaders from across Africa issued a joint appeal on Tuesday for creditor nations to cancel some of the continent's outstanding debts.  The parliamentarians are meeting this week in Abuja for the first-ever gathering of the Conference ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: South African Rand Falls for Seventh Consecutive Week due to Concerns about China’s Economic Wellbeing

The South African rand fell for a seventh consecutive session due in part to investor concerns about the economic well-being of the country's largest trading partner, China.  The SA currency is now at its lowest level since January, weighed down by the ongoing lockdowns that have cooled demand for ...

The Port of Mombasa Was Never at Risk of Being Seized by China

A 2018 leaked report from Kenya's Auditor General sparked a years-long frenzy over whether the Port of Mombasa was put up as collateral against the loans from the China Exim Bank for the Standard Gauge Railway and could be seized in ...

Rotimi Amaechi Opponents Double Down on China Smears

Opponents of Nigerian Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi’s presidential run are using paid media content to paint him as too close to China. This is the newest attempt to link Amaechi with China, after the Chinese embassy in Abuja hit back at similar rumors last week. ...

Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Hits Back at Obscure Election Rumors

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria came out forcefully against a report on an obscure news website that alleged China plans to support the candidacy of Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi in the country’s upcoming presidential election. The embassy ...
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