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Kenyan Avocado Farmers Will Have to Jump Through One More Hoop Before Exports to China Can Begin

File image of an avocado farmer in Kandara, central Kenya. KEVIN MIDIGO / AFP
The Kenyan government’s years-long effort to export fresh avocados to China ran into yet another obstacle this week when Chinese authorities informed Nairobi that another round of audits will be required before shipments can begin. ...

So Far, The New Chinese-Built Nairobi Expressway Isn’t Doing Much to Relieve Traffic Congestion

This is what critics of the new Nairobi Expressway feared would happen: that a select few wealthy motorists would be able to afford the tolls while everyone else is relegated to the side roads that ...

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

File photo of Nigerian Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP
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 ...

Stalled Chinese Financing Complicates Buhari’s Infrastructure Legacy

The fluctuations of Chinese lending to Nigeria, graph via Bloomberg
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 ...

Engagement Between Chinese Policy Banks and African Governments Continue Despite Funding Pull-Back

The current pull-back in infrastructure financing from Chinese policy banks is scrambling the funding options for African infrastructure. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the reduction in lending is permanent or that Chinese policy banks ...

DRC Cobalt Shipments to China Resume Via the Port of Durban

File image of cobalt production facility in the southern DR Congo city of Lumbubashi. SAMIR TOUNSI / AFP
Cargo vessels loaded with Congolese cobalt are once again making their way to China now that port operations in Durban are beginning to recover. The port was shut for weeks after 

Unhappy With Continued Reliance on China for Critical Minerals, U.S. Senators Push Biden to Act

In a rare display of bipartisanship, a group of U.S. Senators this week sent letters to four cabinet members expressing their frustration over the administration’s lack of progress in ...

“Chinatown is Closed! Close the Shop or We Burn the Shop Down”

Screenshot from video showing Namibia Economic Freedom Fights' attack on Chinese business owners in Windhoek
A growing anti-immigrant movement in South Africa says it is now targeting not only undocumented immigrants, but even those with residency permits doing low-skilled work. Operation Dudula (“force out” in isiZulu) made ...

UK Reshapes Foreign Aid Strategy to Confront China 

File image of British Secretary for Foreign Affairs Liz Truss at a meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affair on Ukraine in Berlin on May 15, 2022. Bernd von Jutrczenka / POOL / AFP
The United Kingdom has announced major shifts in its foreign aid strategy. These changes put the UK in closer alignment with the United States, and redirect aid spending toward geopolitical goals, particularly ...

Top U.S. Treasury Official Issues Veiled Warnings to African Countries About the Risks of Borrowing From China

File image of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Treasury Wally Adeyemo. JOHANNA GERON / POOL / AFP
Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo repeated longstanding warnings to African ministers about the dangers of borrowing from China in a virtual speech before the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development ...

Is China Planning a New Military Base in Africa? New Paper Weighs the Options

File image of a Jin-class nuclear submarine of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy. (Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/POOL/AFP)
Rumors that China is planning another military base in Africa are rife in Washington at the moment. Now a new paper by Paul Nantulya, a noted expert on Africa-China military links, ...

Military Links Between China and Iran More Than Meets the Eye

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on April 27, 2022. Image via The Chinese Ministry of National Defense.
The visit to Iran by China’s defense minister Wei Fenghe in late April was more than a routine meeting. A new article by the defense experts Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky argues that it ...

Argentina Could Be Joining BRICS

File image of Argentinian President Alberto Fernández meeting in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics on February 6, 2022. Image via Xinhua.
🇦🇷 Argentina could become a member of the BRICS group. Argentinian officials are joining a flurry of upcoming events with counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the bloc’s five permanent members. Brazil ...

Speed is the One of the Key Hallmarks of Chinese Infrastructure Diplomacy in Africa

TWEET TRANSLATION: Today I visited the Kinsuka station site, the new flagship project for energy cooperation between 🇨🇳🇨🇩 . 10 months after President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi laid the cornerstone, more than 50% of the work has been completed. Two million Kinshasa households will benefit.
Chinese ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, touted the rapid pace of construction of the new Kinsuka power station that’s being built by Shanghai Power in the capital Kinshasa. Just 10 months after construction ...

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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 ...

Motorists Respond to Nairobi Expressway Grand Opening

Excerpt from Kenyan YouTuber Dolphine254's maiden trip on the Nairobi Expressway.
Kenyan social media influencers were among the lucky few that were invited to drive along the Nairobi Expressway during this weekend’s public trial. Not surprisingly, the reactions were overwhelmingly positive on both ...

DRC Industry Minister Meets With Two Key Chinese Players in the EV Battery Business

Julien Paluku is the Industry Minister for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A meeting last week between a pair of senior Chinese executives and the DR Congo’s Industry Minister, Julien Paluku, hints that the government is moving to expand domestic processing of raw materials used to manufacture ...

Regulation, Security Raise Hurdles for Chinese Companies in Somalia: Ambassador

A screenshot from a recent interview with Fei Shengchao, China's ambassador to Somalia
Fei Shengchao, China’s ambassador to Somalia, recently sat down with a reporter from the Somali news service Goobjoog, for a rare television interview. In the clips released by the embassy, he addressed problems faced by 

Chinese Public Security Officials Meet with Nigerian Delegation on Security

Chinese Diplomatic, business and security stakeholders who participated in last week's security working group discussion.
🇳🇬 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 ...

TikTok’s Chinese Parent Company Targets African Teens With New Messaging App

LetsChat is Bytedance's new app that is specifically aimed at Africa's enormous youth market.
Bytedance, parent company of the enormously successful social video app TikTok, launched a new mobile messaging app that targets Africa’s huge teen market. The new app will combine music and messaging features with an eye ...

U.S. Under Secretary Underplays New Cold War While Leaning Into Battery Metals Race with China

U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose W Fernandez. Image via @State_E
The United States doesn’t want to force countries to choose between it and China, as long as Chinese investments follow “the highest standards,” according to US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the ...

Nairobi Expressway Signals Shift in Belt and Road Financing

Wu Peng is China's top diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya’s new Nairobi Expressway is finally open to traffic. Transport Minister James Macharia commissioned the new Chinese-built intra-city highway on Saturday, ahead of its upcoming official launch.  The 27-kilometer road cost $668 million. ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China will Serve as Co-Chair of Zambia’s New Creditor Committee

The President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, speaks at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on May 9, 2022. RODGER BOSCH / AFP
China, not South Africa or France, will serve as co-chair of Zambia’s new creditor committee, said Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane.  “It does make sense for our biggest creditor to play a leading part, to take a leading ...

Why Washington’s Latest Trade Plan for Asia is Probably Dead on Arrival

U.S. President Joe Biden takes part in the ASEAN-US Summit on Oct. 26, 2021. Image via ASEAN Summit 2021.
IPEF is the latest U.S. acronym that we’re going to hear a lot more of as of today. President Joe Biden will tout the new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during the two-day summit with ...

White House Sticks With Group Diplomacy Rather Than One-on-Ones

Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at The Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
At no point in the two-day schedule of the U.S.-ASEAN summit is there any time allocated for President Joe Biden to meet one-on-one with any of the visiting Southeast Asian leaders. Instead, the ...

Chinese State Media is Predictably Downbeat About the Summit

It is widely acknowledged that China will feature prominently during this week’s U.S.-ASEAN summit. For that reason, it’s interesting to track how the summit is being covered in the Chinese state press.  The most prominent ...

Which Issues will Dominate the U.S.-ASEAN Summit?

File image of the flags of ASEAN's ten member states. Romeo GACAD / AFP.
U.S. officials are coming to the ASEAN summit eager to emphasize the region’s importance, and to rebalance perceptions that it is currently mostly focused on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.  Cross-cutting issues like climate change are ...

Chinese and Australian Companies Battle For Control of Massive Congolese Lithium Mine

The Manono Lithium Mine in the southern DR Congo. Image via AVZ.
Two mining majors, one from China and the other from Australia, are fighting a pitched battle over a 15% share of the massive Manono lithium mine in the southern Democratic Republic of the ...

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

Nana Gyamera Kwabena Yiakwah II, Chief of Kwapia in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti region. Image via Graphic Online.
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 ...

Three Days to Go Before the Grand Opening of the Nairobi Expressway and a Lot of People Are Really ?&#)$! at the Chinese Contractor

The highly-anticipated opening of Nairobi’s largest ever infrastructure project is now just days away and while many will be thrilled that a new expressway is finally opening to traffic, there’s widespread discontent with ...

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

An oil tanker carrying 200,000 barrels of crude oil worth Ksh 1.2 billion is berthed at Kipevu Oil Terminal in Kenya's port city of Mombasa August 26, 2019. AFP.
🇰🇪 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 ...
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