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Two Years Late, Lagosians Want to Know Where’s Their New Chinese-Built Airport Terminal

Work on the new international terminal at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is almost done. In fact, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) says it's 95% finished. Yet, the new facility is still not open and that has people in Nigeria's largest city asking what is going ...

The Uganda Airport Story and FOCAC Spark More “Bad Takes” in Both Chinese and African Media

The editors at Nigeria's Punch newspaper are apparently still unaware that the story about Uganda's Entebbe International Airport being seized by China as part of a debt default is not true. If they knew that the rumor had been conclusively debunked, ...

Bad Journalism and a Poor Understanding of International Contractual Law Triggers Uproar in Uganda Over Chinese Loans

Officials from both the Chinese and Ugandan governments took to Twitter over the weekend to furiously denounce a report published late last week in the Daily Monitor newspaper, which erroneously claimed that China will seize the Entebbe International Airport as a result of defaulting on ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China Issues Travel Warning For Both Nigeria & DR Congo

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning on Monday for its citizens in both Nigeria and the DR Congo and called on its nationals in high-risk areas in both countries to evacuate immediately. Spokesman Zhao Lijian specifically called on Chinese nationals in the eastern DRC provinces of ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: Relieve the “Pressure Points” in China-Africa Ties By Expanding Trade and People-to-People Ties

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...

The Stark Difference Between How African and U.S. Governments See Engagement With China Was Clearly Evident in Nigeria

The huge divide between how African governments see their engagement with China and how it's framed by the United States was on full display at a press conference late last week in Abuja with visiting Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his host Nigerian ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China Announces Strong African Trade, FDI Data in the Run Up to FOCAC

Two-way China-Africa trade reached $185.2 billion in the first nine months of the year, according to new data provided by Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming. At this pace, the two regions will easily surpass last year's total of $187 billion. Chinese investment in Africa during the same period increased ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Washington’s Answer to the BRI Takes Shape as New Details About B3W Emerge

The U.S. government is now considering as many as 50 infrastructure projects for its new B3W initiative, which is aimed at countering China's Belt and Road Initiative. Earlier this week, administration officials hinted at around 20 projects, but apparently, that figure has now increased substantially. U.S. officials recently ...

Week in Review: Hostages Rescued in Mali, Rwandan Agribusiness & Nigeria Joins AIIB

Malian security forces on Monday rescued three Chinese nationals kidnapped by unknown assailants after the trio escaped their captors over the weekend. The three construction workers and two colleagues from Mauritania were seized on July 17. While the Mauritanians were freed 10 days later, the Chinese were held ...

New Chinese-Financed and Constructed Airport Opens in Southern Nigeria

The governor of the southern Nigerian state of Anambra officially took delivery on Saturday of a new international airport from the China Railway Beijing Engineering Bureau. The project was also wholly financed by Chinese investors. The project took almost four years, and ...
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