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Top U.S. Treasury Official Issues Veiled Warnings to African Countries About the Risks of Borrowing From China

Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo repeated longstanding warnings to African ministers about the dangers of borrowing from China in a virtual speech before the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development that's taking place in Dakar, Senegal this week.

Speed is the One of the Key Hallmarks of Chinese Infrastructure Diplomacy in Africa

Chinese ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, touted the rapid pace of construction of the new Kinsuka power station that's being built by Shanghai Power in the capital Kinshasa. Just 10 months after construction began, said Zhu on Twitter, the new station is ...

Motorists Respond to Nairobi Expressway Grand Opening

Kenyan social media influencers were among the lucky few that were invited to drive along the Nairobi Expressway during this weekend's public trial. Not surprisingly, the reactions were overwhelmingly positive on both YouTube and Twitter, especially since they had the roads to themselves.

DRC Industry Minister Meets With Two Key Chinese Players in the EV Battery Business

A meeting last week between a pair of senior Chinese executives and the DR Congo's Industry Minister, Julien Paluku, hints that the government is moving to expand domestic processing of raw materials used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries.

TikTok’s Chinese Parent Company Targets African Teens With New Messaging App

Bytedance, parent company of the enormously successful social video app TikTok, launched a new mobile messaging app that targets Africa's huge teen market. The new app will combine music and messaging features with an eye on displacing the current market leaders ...

Kenyan Court Orders Government to Publish Chinese Loan Contracts For SGR

Two civil society activists in Kenya, Khelef Khalifa and Wanjiru Gikonyo, have won a massive victory in their longshot campaign to force the government to release its contracts with Chinese creditors for the multi-billion dollar Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The ...

Lightning Round: U.S. Summits, Huawei and Chinese Mining in the DRC

In this Lightning Round edition of the show, CAP Managing Editor Cobus van Staden and CAP Francophone Editor Geraud Neema break down three of the week's big stories. First, Cobus explains why African leaders would ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: China will Serve as Co-Chair of Zambia’s New Creditor Committee

China, not South Africa or France, will serve as co-chair of Zambia's new creditor committee, said Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane.  “It does make sense for our biggest creditor to play a leading part, to take a leading role in the proceedings,” Musokotwane told Bloomberg late last week. "They are ...

Why Washington’s Latest Trade Plan for Asia is Probably Dead on Arrival

IPEF is the latest U.S. acronym that we're going to hear a lot more of as of today. President Joe Biden will tout the new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during the two-day summit with eight ASEAN leaders that begins on Thursday.

White House Sticks With Group Diplomacy Rather Than One-on-Ones

At no point in the two-day schedule of the U.S.-ASEAN summit is there any time allocated for President Joe Biden to meet one-on-one with any of the visiting Southeast Asian leaders. Instead, the eight leaders will meet collectively with the President and other senior-level stakeholders. ...
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