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Rare $20 Million Chinese Aid Grant to Uganda

The Chinese embassy in Kampala announced that Beijing will provide Uganda with a $20 million aid grant intended to support social development initiatives. While this sum doesn't stand out compared to Western aid allocations, it is notable because these ...

Chinese Embassies in Africa Commemorate the Lives Lost in African Infrastructure Projects 

Chinese embassies in several African countries this week commemorated Chinese personnel who died while building African infrastructure. The occasion was this week’s Qingming (Tomb-Sweeping) Festival (清明节) when people clear the graves of relatives to remember the dead. The Chinese embassy in 

Foreign Intervention is the Root Cause of Conflict in the Horn of Africa Says China’s Special Envoy

Foreign intervention more than anything else is to blame for the current instability in the Horn of Africa (HoA), according to Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the region. Xue made the remarks during a small press ...

U.S. and Chinese Special Envoy Visits Raise Great Power Questions in Horn of Africa 

Xue Bing, China’s Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, is winding down his visit to the region with a two-day stop in Uganda, after visiting Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya. His last stop before returning will be South Sudan. His tour coincided with a visit to ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

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 ...

Uganda’s Parliament Ends Probe Into Entebbe Airport Contract With China Exim Bank

The parliamentary investigation into the Ugandan government's $200 million loan contract with the China Exim Bank to expand the Entebbe International Airport is now closed. Opposition MP Joel Ssenyonyi (photo) who led the inquiry said it's too late ...

Public Editor of Uganda’s Daily Monitor Newspaper Acknowledges Errors in Entebbe Airport Coverage

Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper has for the first time acknowledged some wrongdoing in a November report that sowed panic about China seizing Entebbe International Airport. Odoobo C. Bichachi, the Nation Media Group’s Uganda Public Editor, admitted in an op-ed on Friday that the article was misleading. ...

China Exim Bank’s Controversial Loan to Expand Uganda’s Entebbe Airport

New research from AidData at the College of William & Mary in the United States provides the first insight into the loan contract between China Exim Bank and the Ugandan government for the expansion of the Entebbe International Airport. ...

Is China’s Lending Particularly “Aggressive”?

Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the bleakest prognosis on climate change yet, you may have missed the ongoing saga of Uganda’s Entebbe Airport. A quick recap: Uganda loaned $325 million from China Exim Bank to upgrade the airport. ...

Uganda’s Entebbe Contract is Aggressive, But Is It Unique?

Media coverage of the Uganda Entebbe Airport loan is focusing on what the research lead Bradley Parks has called China Exim Bank's "aggressive" loan tactics. Parks' unit at AidData showed that the Entebbe airport won't be seized in the case of ...
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