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Chinese Miner Sinomine Announces Pivot Away from Zambia, Citing Debt Crisis

The Chinese mineral exploration and mining company Sinomine (aka China Mining Resources Group) announced on Tuesday that it’s withdrawing from a mining and construction contract with the Zambian government because of Zambia’s debt crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The company released ...

Toll Costs in Cambodia a Warning for Kenya?

As Kenyan stakeholders complain because tolls to use their new Nairobi Expressway have increased before the Chinese-built road has even opened, they should spare a thought for their compatriots in Cambodia. While the toll on the Nairobi Expressway will start from about $1 for the smallest vehicles, single ...

A Lot Has Changed in China-Africa Relations But Not Beijing’s Passion to Build Stadiums

China improving its image in Africa by building sports stadiums is one of the hoariest cliches of Africa-China relations, but that doesn't mean it's not true. This week, Wu Peng, China's top diplomat for Africa highlighted a whopping eight stadium renovation projects in ...

A Small African Trade Show in China Highlights Some Very Big Trends

The "Quality African Goods" (非洲好物) shopping festival kicked off on Thursday as part of a larger two-week e-commerce bonanza organized by a group of provincial governments together with China's Ministry of Commerce. The African portion of the event is relatively small ...