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Lavrov Visit and Upcoming Joint Naval Exercises With China Spark Anger in South Africa

The South African government is coming under intense criticism for welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and for next month's joint naval exercises with both Russia and China. SA Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor dismissed the criticism on Monday at a press conference ...

Uganda to Become Africa’s Newest Oil Exporting Country With Inauguration of New Chinese-operated Drilling in Lake Albert

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's long-held ambition to export oil via the controversial East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) will move closer to reality on Tuesday when he commissions the country's first new drilling site in Lake Albert. The ...

Buhari Commissions Port of Lekki, One of China’s Most Consequential Infrastructure Projects in Africa

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari officially opened West Africa's largest port facility on Tuesday when he commissioned the new Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos State. The opening coincided with the docking of the first cargo ...

No Blackface in This Year’s Spring Gala TV Show, Actual Africans Performed Instead

The producers of this year's Spring Gala television variety show in China appear to have learned from recent scandals around Chinese actors in blackface appearing in the hugely popular annual Lunar New Year program. Instead, Tanzanian singer Coronia ...

India Supports Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Process

Sri Lanka has reportedly secured India’s support for its debt restructuring process. According to Reuters, an Indian Finance Ministry official sent a message to the International Monetary Fund that it “strongly supports” the debt-ridden country’s economic recovery plan. ...

Dalai Lama Invite Complicates China-Sri Lanka Cooperation

Sri Lanka’s desperate attempts to get China’s support for its debt restructuring could be blown up from the inside. This follows an invitation from senior Buddhist clerics to the Dalai Lama to visit the bankrupt island state.

Chinese Expert: Global North’s Sudden Concern about Global South Reflects Power Shift

As China’s decades-long focus on South-South cooperation results in strong relationships throughout the developing world, Global North powers like the United States and Japan are suddenly discovering their concern for the Global South in order to shore up their own fading influence.

Uganda Cancels Chinese Rail Deal After 8-Year Financing Lag

The government of Uganda announced that it canceled a 2015 contract with China Harbor Engineering Co. (CHEC) to build a rail line linking the capital of Kampala and the Kenyan border. This follows an eight-year lag as the contractor failed to get Chinese policy bank ...

South African Rail Company Puts Out Tender to Fix Faulty Chinese-Made Trains

South Africa’s state railway company Transnet has put out a tender for any company that can fix non-operational Chinese-made locomotives acquired under a corrupt deal. The original manufacturer of the locomotives, China Railway Rolling Stock Corp (CRRC), refused to ...

U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Africa Tour Takes on China, Debt

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is heading to Africa for a 10-day trip to Senegal, South Africa and Zambia. The continent’s green transition will feature prominently, with Yellen visiting South African coal country to champion the ...
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