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WEEK IN REVIEW: It’s Now Possible to Transport Cargo From Uganda to Kenya’s Port of Mombasa

A train at the Naivasha Inland Container Depot in Kenya's Rift Valley transferring cargo from standard gauge to meter gauge railways connecting Kenya and Uganda.
The long-held dream of transporting goods between Uganda and the Port of Mombasa became a reality on Monday with the inauguration of a new rail line that connects Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) with a newly ...

Citing National Security, Kenya (Again) Refuses to Release SGR Contracts With China

The embattled Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya that now faces a critical test as to whether it will be able to survive the worsening economic crisis. TONY KARUMBA / AFP
Kenya’s transportation minister Joseph Njoroge reaffirmed the government’s longstanding refusal to make public the $3.9 billion contract with the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to build the Standard Gauge Railway. Njoroge’s cited a ...

Global Times Isn’t Happy With the FT’s Report on Chinese Lending in Africa

This week’s Financial Times story by Africa Editor David Pilling and Greater China Correspondent Kathrin Hille on the slowdown in Chinese infrastructure lending in Africa provoked a largely favorable response ...

African Governments Need to Prepare For a New Era of Chinese Lending That Will be Smaller and More Targeted, Says Analyst

Damilola Akinbami, the Lagos-based head of research at Financial Derivatives Company.
The recent pullback in Chinese lending for African infrastructure development makes sense, given debt sustainability problems in more than a third of the countries across the continent, explained Damilola Akinbami, the Lagos-based head of research ...

Chinese, Nigerian Security Officials Meet to Discuss How to Better Protect Chinese Expats in the Country

Yin Guohai from China's Ministry of Public Security along with Ambassador Cui Jianchun held talks with the Director-General of the State Security Services, Yusuf Bichi in Abuja.
High-level Chinese and Nigerian security officials met on Monday in Abuja to discuss how to reduce crime and violence against Chinese nationals residing in Nigeria. Yin Guohai from China’s powerful Ministry of Public Security along ...

Small-scale Miners in Northeastern DR Congo Protest Against Chinese Mining Companies’ Use of Heavy Machinery

Protestors against Chinese mining companies march in the northeastern province of Haut-Uélé.
Protests erupted this week in the far northeastern Congolese province of Haut-Uélé where small-scale miners rallied against the growing presence of Chinese mining companies in the region. The marchers, mostly young men, are upset about how ...

Hunan Province Approves a Raft of New Measures Aimed at Boosting Trade With Africa

Members of the Standing Committee of the Thirteenth People's Congress of Hunan Province met in Changsha and approved new measures aimed at boosting trade with African countries.
Provincial lawmakers in the southern Chinese province of Hunan approved a set of new measures this week that are designed to boost the province’s already sizable trade with Africa.  Members of ...

Three Down, Three to Go: Wang Yi Meets With Mideast Foreign Ministers and Representatives

Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in the eastern city of Wuxi in Jiangsu Province. Image via Xinhua.
Like a high-stakes version of speed dating, Persian Gulf foreign ministers and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met one after the other with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the eastern city ...

China’s Delicate Mideast Balancing Act on Display This Week

With the visits by Iranian and Saudia Arabian foreign ministers book-ended this week, China is demonstrating how it navigates the Persian Gulf’s bitter rivalries. Although Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was ...

Professor Ding Long on Why the Gulf Foreign Ministers Visit is So Important

HEADLINE TRANSLATION: What does it mean for this group of Gulf countries to visit China?
Professor Ding Long, a well-known Mideast scholar at Shanghai International Studies University, reflected on the significance of this week’s landmark visit to China by four foreign ministers from Persian Gulf countries.  Writing for a domestic ...

HRW: Saudi Arabia Preparing to Deport Two Uyghur Men Back to China

Two Uyghurs currently detained in Saudi Arabia that now face the risk of deportation back to China.
Two Uyghur exiles currently jailed in Saudi Arabia have reportedly been told to prepare for their deportation back to China, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). It’s not clear if ...

Singapore Study Provokes New Concerns Over Chinese-made Vaccines’ Ability to Combat Omicron Variant

The Singaporean Health Minister, Ong Ye Kung, revealed new findings this week on the efficacy of different COVID-19 vaccines that are once again sparking concerns over the use of Chinese-made vaccines that are predominant in ...

Days Later, The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe is Still Fuming Over Guardian Report

For the second day in a row, the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe took to Twitter to push back, albeit indirectly, at The Guardian (UK) for a report that alleged Chinese mining company ...

Popular Hong Kong YouTuber Crime-Baits Joburg

Popular Hong Kong YouTuber Torres Pit托哥 walked through Yeoville, one of Johannesburg’s neighborhoods known for street crime, to see if he could make it to the McDonald’s and buy a Big Mac without getting robbed along ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...

Fresh From His Africa, Indian Ocean Tours, Wang Yi Hosts Four Persian Gulf Foreign Ministers For Unprecedented Visit

File image of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and GCC Secretary-General Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajraf in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A delegation of four foreign ministers from Persian Gulf countries began a landmark week-long visit to Beijing on Monday for extended talks on energy issues and, possibly, a free trade agreement.

When You See This Chart You’ll Understand Why This Week’s Gulf Diplomacy in Beijing is So Important

Source: Reuters
Charts listing China’s top sources of imported oil used to look very different. In 2008, according to David Shinn from George Washington University, three suppliers from African dominated the ...

Financial Times Explores the Current State of Chinese Lending in Africa

Last year’s controversy surrounding the fate of the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and the (incorrect) allegation that it risks being seized by Chinese creditors is the subject of a new in-depth ...

Brace Yourself, You’re Going to be Inundated With Pictures of Chinese Infrastructure in the DRC

Now that the contentious contract disputes between the DRC government and the major Chinese mining companies appear to be settling, at least for now, expect to see a torrent of paid media, ...

Armed Chinese and Ugandan Commandos Conduct Rare Joint Operation

New details are emerging of a rare joint operation that took place last month between armed Chinese and Ugandan commandos. The operation led to the arrest of half of an eight-member criminal gang wanted by ...

The Social Media Managers Who Run Chinese Diplomatic Twitter Accounts in Africa Are Getting More Creative

The Chinese social media manager who runs the embassy Twitter account in Harare had a bit of fun playing on the word “Guardian” in their denunciation of a recent Guardian (UK) report 

Renewed Calls For Chinese Debt Relief as Wang Yi Wraps Up Africa & Indian Ocean Tour in Sri Lanka

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) is greeted by Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Malinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on January 9, 2022. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded his week-long, five-nation tour of East Africa and Indian Ocean states on Sunday in Sri Lanka, where he held talks with Prime Minister Malina Rajapaksa and his brother President ...

Fact-Checking a Kenyan MP’s Assertions About the Risks of Borrowing From China

Kenya’s former majority speaker and current MP from the northeastern city of Garissa, Aden Duale, is not a big fan of China…to say the least. He took to Twitter during Chinese Foreign ...

Following Its Rather Dismal Coverage of FOCAC, the BBC Goes Back to Basics For Wang’s Africa Tour

The BBC used the occasion of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s three-nation African tour last week to reset its coverage of China-Africa relations. This follows a dismal performance during last December’s FOCAC conference, when it ...

China Wants to Play a Bigger Diplomatic Role in the Horn of Africa, Setting Up Potential Confrontation With the U.S.

It was a remarkable coincidence that both the United States and China announced the appointments of special envoys for Ethiopia… on the same day. The State Department on ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Mounting Anxieties About the Security of Chinese Personnel in Nigeria

Officials from China's Public Security Bureau in Beijing meeting virtually with Chinese diplomats in Nigeria and representatives of the expatriate business community.
Officials from China’s powerful Ministry of Public Security met last week with Chinese diplomats in Nigeria and expatriate business leaders to discuss how to better protect Chinese personnel and enterprises operating in the country. More than ...

Debt, Trade, and Infrastructure Expected to Top the Agenda For Wang Yi’s Visit to Kenya

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was greeted by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Image via the Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Kenya late Wednesday afternoon, the second stop on his three-nation Africa tour. He left Eritrea to fly directly to the port city of Mombasa where he ...

This Was Was Likely be the Last Time Wang and Kenyatta Meet in Their Current Roles, Ending a 9-Year Professional Relationship

File image of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Thursday’s meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the State House in Mombasa will likely be their last in their current roles, bringing to a close a professional ...

China’s Share of Kenya’s Total Debt Shrinks as Borrowing Surges

Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP
Kenya’s Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is forecasting the country’s total public debt will reach $78 billion this June and $86 billion by the same time in 2023. Meantime, China’s share of the country’s ...

Wang Yi’s Visit to Eritrea Was Symbolically Important But Produced Few Tangible Outcomes

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh (right) signed a joint statement in Asmara. Image via Xinhua.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) wrapped up his brief visit to Eritrea on Wednesday by signing a broadly-worded joint statement with his counterpart Osman Saleh (right). The statement was largely boilerplate, with the ...

One of China’s Top Africa Scholars Tries to Explain How Wang Yi Chooses What African Countries to Visit and Also Responds to Debt Trap Accusation

File image of He Wenping, one of China's most well-known Africa scholars at the Institute of West Asian and African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
For 32 years, Chinese foreign ministers like Wang Yi have made it a priority to go to Africa for their first overseas trip of the year but little is known about what goes into selecting ...
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