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EU Chief Unveils First Global Gateway Projects in Africa

It's official! The European Union's answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative is now a reality.  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the first initiatives under the EU's new Global Gateway program during a two-day visit to Morocco and ...

Report: China Financed More Infrastructure in Africa Than All of the World’s Major Donors… Combined

It's been obvious in recent years that China has provided far more financing for African infrastructure development than any other country or multilateral development finance institution (DFI). Now, however, for the first time, we know how much more... and it's a lot.

China May No Longer Finance Large-Scale Railways in Africa, But It’s Still a Big Player in the Industry

China is not financing the construction of Tanzania's new Standard Gauge Railway line but it is nonetheless playing a big role in its development. On Tuesday, Tanzania Railway Corporation officials signed a $127.2 million deal with the Chinese rail car manufacturing giant CRRC International for ...

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to China Stops by the China Africa Development Fund HQ in Beijing

Chinese infrastructure financing in Africa may be down sharply compared to a few years ago, but it hasn't stopped altogether. That might explain why Ethiopia's envoy to China, Teshome Toga, paid a visit to the offices of the China Africa Development Fund (CADF) to discuss infrastructure investment ...

China Fumes While Taiwan and Somaliland Officials Bump Elbows

It's been a busy two days for a ministerial delegation from Somaliland, who are in Taiwan for the week. Soon after they arrived, Foreign Minister Essa Kayd Mohamoud met with President Tsai Ing-wen. Later on Wednesday, the group traversed the short distance across 2/28 Peace Park to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Another African EV Start-Up Using Chinese Technology Gets Seed Funding

Kenya-based EV start-up BasiGo closed a $4.3 million seed funding round to assemble and sell electric-powered buses. The company plans to supply more than 1,000 mass transit electric buses to operators throughout Kenya over the next five years. Those buses, incidentally, will all be supplied ...

The U.S. and Europe May No Longer Want Confucius Institutes, But That is Not the Case in Africa

The Chinese language and cultural centers known as Confucius Institutes long fell out of favor in the United States and Europe, where critics accused the Chinese government-backed initiative of being a vector for propaganda. That is not the ...

Building the Infrastructure African Residents Deserve

Over a recent holiday season, I made a trip to the western region of Sichuan province in China. It is at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains, with a ground elevation of 4,000-4,500 meters, slightly above Kilimanjaro’s Shira Mountains (3800 meters). That ...