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Sky High Ambitions? Military Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala Angolan President João Lourenço’s desire to have China build an air force base in Angola again highlights the issue of military cooperation between Africa and China. What are the drivers of China’s foray into African military aviation?

The Sky is the Limit: Aviation and Africa-China Relations

By Lukas Fiala When Angolan President João Lourenço returned from China over the last week, he made a few noteworthy announcements. However, Lourenço’s apparent desire to have China finance an air force base in Angola stood out.

Ethiopian Airlines Opens New Chinese-Built Logistics Hub in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines launched a new Chinese-built logistics hub at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa to meet the growing demand for e-commerce deliveries in Africa. The new 15,000 square meter facility has the capacity to process 150,000 tonnes of goods each ...

The First Made-in-China Jetliner Arrives in Vietnam

China's first domestically-made commercial airliner arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday, its second overseas stop after it made its public debut at the Singapore Air Show last weekend. The plane's manufacturer, COMAC, is eying Southeast Asia as a primary market for the ...

Chinese Stunt Fliers Hype Fighter Jets at Dubai Air Show

Seven Chinese-made J-10C fighter jets will take part in displays at the Dubai Airshow starting on Monday. They will be flown by the PLA Airforce’s Bayi Aerobatics team in-flight performances, including twenty different maneuvers. The exhibition is aimed at promoting the J-10C, a ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

A New Chapter of ‘Going out’ in the Making? 

By Lukas Fiala  Walking through the halls at the Paris Air Show, the world’s largest aerospace exhibition, last week demonstrated once more the emergence of a novel chapter of China’s global outreach: high-tech aeronautics and aerospace cooperation. From the Aviation Industry ...

Uganda’s Parliament Ends Probe Into Entebbe Airport Contract With China Exim Bank

The parliamentary investigation into the Ugandan government's $200 million loan contract with the China Exim Bank to expand the Entebbe International Airport is now closed. Opposition MP Joel Ssenyonyi (photo) who led the inquiry said it's too late ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Moving to Capitalize on Growing China-Africa E-Commerce Trade

There's good news and bad news in Kenya's latest trade figures, released by the National Bureau of Statistics. The good news is that exports jumped 17% in the January-November period last year to $5.9 billion. Higher regional demand, particularly from Uganda, for Kenyan food and industrial output helped to ...

Chinese Stakeholders in Uganda Really Want to Change the Conversation About the Entebbe Airport

Both the Chinese embassy in Kampala and the Chinese contractor responsible for upgrading the Entebbe International Airport have been working hard this week to move the conversation away from the debt trap story that dominated the headlines over the past three weeks.

Two Years Late, Lagosians Want to Know Where’s Their New Chinese-Built Airport Terminal

Work on the new international terminal at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is almost done. In fact, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) says it's 95% finished. Yet, the new facility is still not open and that has people in Nigeria's largest city asking what is going ...
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