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Author and Journalist Howard W. French on the History, Geopolitical & Economic Impact of China’s Engagement in Africa.

Columbia University just published a video today of a talk that the acclaimed author and journalist Howard W. French gave at the Columbia Global Centers in Nairobi. French's popular book "China's Second Continent" has influenced global views of the China-Africa relationship. ...

Three East African Countries to Introduce New Tolls to Pay Back China for Road Building Loans

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have all announced plans to begin charging toll roads on certain expressways built with Chinese financing. The proposed fees, according to UK-based infrastructure industry publication ITS, is apparently intended to generate the necessary funds to repay Chinese lenders.

Tweet of the Day: Kenyan Truckers Claim SGR is Too Costly, But That’s Shortsighted Says Expert

Dr. Zhengli Huang is a Research Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. She's an expert on China's impact on African urban development and has experience in ...

New SGR Railway Gets Mixed Reviews on Kenyan TV and Barely Any International Coverage

Kenyan TV channels broke into regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of Wednesday's SGR launch. A lot of the initial reporting, particularly during the live broadcast, was generally positive but as the day went on the tone on several networks began to change. KTN and NTV, in ...

Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway and the Dramas of Development

This week saw the launch of the newest phase of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR,) connecting the port in Mombasa to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha. The Mombasa-Naivasha section of the SGR cost $1.5 billion. It connects to the initial phase, between Nairobi and Mombasa, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...