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The News Feed is a curated selection of the most important China-Africa news edited by CAP’s editors in Asia and Africa.

In Phone Call With Macron, Xi Pursues Trilateral Development Cooperation in Africa

File image of French President Emmanuel Macron shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 6, 2019. NICOLAS ASFOURI / POOL / AFP
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that the European Union should pursue greater autonomy (presumably from the U.S.) in its foreign policy. The two leaders ...

Jake Sullivan: B3W Will Show How Americans Can Outcompete China on Infrastructure

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaking to the media in the White Press Briefing Room.
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (photo) reiterated what’s has become a common talking point in Washington: that the administration’s Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative is going to challenge China’s Belt and Road Initiative ...

If the U.S. is Going to Compete Against China’s BRI, Then It’s Going to Have to Mobilize the Private Sector… And That Won’t Be Easy

If the proposed B3W has any chance of rivaling China’s eight-year-old Belt and Road Initiative, the U.S. government is going to have to persuade development finance institutions, private companies, and Wall Street that building infrastructure ...

Nairobi Commuters Will Finally Get Some Relief When First Section of New Chinese-Financed Expressway Opens This Weekend

The nearly completed Nairobi Expressway. Photo by Cliff Mboya/CAP
The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) finally said the words that every Nairobi motorist has been waiting to hear: the expressway is open! OK, so it’s just the first section of the 27-kilometer roadway but even ...

China, DRC Sign Three Agreements to Reduce Debt and Provide New Aid

Chinese ambassador to the DR Congo Zhu Jing and Foreign Affairs Minister Christophe Lutundula Apala after signing three agreements in Kinshasa. Image via the Chinese embassy in DRC.
Chinese ambassador to the DRC Zhu Jing and Foreign Affairs Minister Christophe Lutundula Apala posed for a ceremonial fist-bump at the Foreign Ministry in Kinshasa following the signing earlier this month of three new accords that ...

Chinese Embassy in Sudan Activates Emergency Protocols, Orders Companies to Stop Work and Personnel to Take Shelter

The Chinese embassy in Khartoum on Monday activated its “safety emergency mechanism,” a set of protocols that ordered all “Chinese-funded institutions” to suspend operations and for personnel to take cover in response to the escalating ...

Chinese FM Meets With Afghan Interim Government Delegation During Qatar Visit

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, acting deputy prime minister of the Taliban interim government during a visit to Qatar. Image via Xinhua.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the first high-level talks with the new interim government in Afghanistan. Wang met with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, during the foreign minister’s two-day ...

Should Chinese Nationals Help Supervise Mining Activities in the DRC? A Military Governor Thinks So, But Kinshasa Says Otherwise

TWEET TRANSLATION: The nomination of Chinese in Ituri's mining sector: the Vice Minister of Mines Godard Motemona admonishes the military governor and orders a meeting with the Chinese.
The Vice Minister of Mines in the DR Congo, Godard Motemona, declared that the appointment of three Chinese nationals to help supervise Chinese mining activities in the far eastern province of Ituri is “

Nigeria Unveils a Chinese-Style Digital Currency Platform

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the country’s eNaira at the State house in Abuja together with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, unveiled the country’s new digital currency platform, eNaira, on Monday. It is Africa’s first virtual currency. The new service will allow Nigerians to make contactless payments, move money between accounts and ...

China Commemorates 50 Years at the UN With a Hat Tip To Africa

China celebrated the 50th anniversary of its return to the United Nations on Monday, marking the day in 1971, when Beijing took over the seat from the Republic of China government in Taipei.  That achievement ...

How Will China Respond to the Coup in Sudan?

A Sudanese protester draped with the national flag flashes the victory sign next to burning tyres during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, on October 25, 2021, to denounce overnight detentions by the army of members of Sudan's government. AFP
The pre-dawn military coup in Sudan on Monday presents the latest challenge for China on how to respond to the toppling of governments in Africa where it has sizable economic and strategic interests. Normally, the ...

One Kenyan Entrepreneur’s Cautionary Tale About Replacing Chinese Imports With a Locally-made Alternative

Kenyan entrepreneur Anthony Muthungu. Image via Capital News.
Kenya’s gaping trade imbalance with China is typical of many African countries that import significantly more than they export to the Chinese market. This has prompted calls going back years for Africans to reduce their ...

Uganda’s Parliament Considering New Law to Bolster Local Construction Companies Against Chinese Competition

The Ugandan parliament is considering a bill proposed by infrastructure minister Katumba Wamala that would provide sanctuary to local construction companies when bidding for smaller road contracts. Although China was not mentioned in ...

Chinese Contractors Almost Finished With Upgrade and Expansion of Uganda’s Main International Airport

Five years after the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) began work on a $200 million upgrade and expansion of Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, project managers say the project is 75% complete. When completed the ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Egypt and Sinovac in Talks to Boost Vaccine Production For Africa

Egyptian Health Minister Hala al-Zayed met last week with Gao Qiang, head of R&D at Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, to discuss how the two sides can expand production at the company’s ...

Who Has Distributed More Vaccines Abroad, China or the U.S.? Well, It Depends on What You’re Counting

Together, the Chinese-made Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines account for almost half of the 7.3 billion COVID-19 vaccines that have been delivered to date around the world, especially to developing regions in Asia and ...

Large Shipment of Chinese Vaccines Arrive in Ethiopia at a Crucial Time for Beijing’s Ties With Addis Ababa

Handover ceremony at Addis Ababa's international airport of a new batch of donated vaccines from China. Image via Xinhua.
China’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan handed over a donation of 800,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday to Health Minister Lia Tadesse at a ceremony at the international airport in Addis ...

Huawei’s Former Premium Smartphone Brand Honor Hopes to Make a Comeback in Africa

Huawei’s former premium smartphone brand Honor (now owned by the Shenzhen city government) plans to make a big push in South Africa next year with the opening of three retail stores and distribution deals with ...

Nigerian Journalist Wins West African Reporting Prize For Coverage of Illegal Chinese Mining

Nigerian journalist Chinedu Asadu won the West Africa Media Excellence Conference Award on Friday for his daring undercover report on illegal Chinese mining in the Federal Capital Territory near Abuja. Asadu, then a reporter ...

We Now Know More About Zambia’s Debt… And It’s Not Good

Newly-elected Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema. MANDEL NGAN / AFP
The Zambian government owes creditors close to $27 billion, according to new data released by the Finance Ministry on Wednesday. The majority of those debts, $16.86 billion, are owed to foreign creditors ...

Ghana Points to Difficulties Ahead For African Governments’ Access to Capital

The premiums that investors are charging Ghana to buy its debt have surged six-fold to the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, making it a lot more expensive for the country to borrow ...

China’s African Union Ambassador Previews Some of the Themes That Will be Raised at the Upcoming FOCAC Summit

China’s mission to the African Union hosted an online forum on Wednesday where Ambassador Li Yuxi previewed some of the themes, albeit not in any great detail, that will be raised at the upcoming Forum ...

Leading China-Africa Experts Preview the Key Themes That Will Likely Dominate This Year’s FOCAC Summit

The eighth iteration of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Senegal reflects the broadening of the relationship to include economic, cultural, security, technological, and health cooperation at a time when Africa becomes more diplomatically important ...

It’s Back to Business For Chinese Contractors in the DR Congo

Governor Gentiny Ngobila hosted a ceremony in City Hall to mark the completion of the feasibility studies to refurbish a railway line through the capital.
Municipal authorities in the Congolese capital Kinshasa announced that Chinese construction major Sinohydro will be among the lead contractors to refurbish a 75-kilometer section of the city’s decrepit rail line. Governor Gentiny Ngobila hosted a ceremony ...

China Hawk Peter Pham is America’s Most Visible Spokesman on Africa And He Doesn’t Even Work For the Government

TWEET TRANSLATION: Prime Minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge received a delegation from the mobile telephone company Africell wishing to extend its network in the DRC
There are few figures in Washington’s Africa policy circles who are as outspoken as Peter Pham, the Trump administration’s former special envoy to the Great Lakes region and, for a brief stint, ...

Energy Think Tank Head Proposes 3 Ways China Can Help to Develop Africa’s Next Generation Power Market

The second Belt and Road Ministerial Energy Conference that was held in Beijing last week.
Representatives from eight African countries met with leaders from China’s oil and gas industry along with prominent think tank analysts to discuss China-Africa energy cooperation issues in a sideline conference to the Second Belt and ...

Rwanda’s Ambassador is Solidly in China’s Corner

James Kimonyo, Rwanda's ambassador to China. Image via Global Times.
There’s often a huge discrepancy between the complex discourse about China that takes place in most African countries and the unabashedly enthusiastic embrace of China and the Communist Party that’s expressed by a number of ...

African Iron Ore Exporters Keep a Wary Eye on China’s Falling Steel Output

File image of the Pilabra iron ore mine in Western Australia.
Iron ore prices are holding steady… for now… but investors are becoming increasingly worried about the impact that the real estate crisis and China’s slowing economy overall may have on-demand later in the year.  Plus, ...

It Looks Like the U.S. and Europe Are Now More Worried About China’s Growing Influence in LatAm Than Africa

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands before the 11th BRICS Summit at the Itamaraty palace on November 14, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP
The Daily Mail’s sensationalist headline today (“China’s take-over in America’s back yard“) speaks to the mounting concern in U.S. and European capitals about China’s growing presence in Latin America and the ...

New Nigerian Chinese-Built Railways Generating Enough Revenue to Pay Off the Loans, Says Transport Minister

The Chinese-financed and built Lagos to Ibadan standard gauge railway in Nigeria.
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 
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