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African Development Bank Suspends Chinese Contractor Due to Fraud

The African Development Bank (AfDB) banned China Henan International Corporation Group (CHICO) from working on any bank-funded projects for one year following an investigation that found "fraudulent activity." The bank determined that CHICO failed to disclose that it hired ...

Guarding West Africa’s Forests: Exploring Ways to Put an End to Illegal Chinese Timber Trade

Together, the United States and China import $40 billion worth of timber products each year, quite a bit of which is harvested illegally from West Africa's rapidly shrinking forests. But cracking down on this illicit trade is extremely difficult given that ...

Corruption and Mismanagement at the Root of Kenya’s Debt Crisis, Not Chinese Loans, Say Policymakers

Critics of Chinese lending practices in developing countries often point to Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as the prime example of Beijing's aggressive tactics that underlie the "debt trap" accusation. But in Kenya, they're telling a very different story about how ...

A Chinese Giant’s Complicity in South Africa’s Corruption Disaster

Anyone who knows a South African will be amply aware that the country is currently undergoing economically ruinous rolling blackouts labeled ‘loadshedding.’ Even if you don’t know them, South Africans are liable to follow you down the street, foam-flecked and shouting about Eskom, the corruption-addled ...

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 supply the needed ...

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 ...

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Be Surprised About China’s Close Ties With DRC Mining Companies

U.S. officials in Washington and Kinshasa are apparently disappointed, according to a new investigation by the Paris-based Africa Intelligence, that they’ve failed to dislodge China from its dominance of the Congolese mining industry, particularly in strategically important metals like cobalt.

Corruption Documentary Rocks China-Guyana Relations

Guyana’s ruling party faces controversy following a documentary by the U.S. media outlet VICE alleging that Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo took bribes from a Chinese businessman. President Irfaan Ali rejected calls by opposition parties in the South American country calling for Jagdeo’s ...

Nigerian Garment Union Calls Out Local Officials in Fight Against Cheap Chinese Imports

Nigeria’s national union of textile workers is complaining about the complicity of customs officials in the flooding of the local market by Chinese textiles. While cheap imports from China have long been blamed for undercutting the local garment sector, the National Union of Textile, Garment, and Tailoring ...

Rampant Illegal Chinese Mining and Logging in Eastern DRC Drives Poverty and Empowers Ruling Elites, Says New Report

Illegal Chinese mining and timber companies are running rampant in the DRC's eastern province of South Kivu, fueling corruption that empowers ruling elites and impoverished local communities, according to a scathing new report by two researchers at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) in ...

Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing Responds to Video of Addis Ababa Airport Officials Trying to Extort Money From a Chinese Tourist

It is quite likely that at least one, and possibly two, customs officials at the Bole International airport in Addis Ababa are unemployed today, after a Chinese traveler recorded them trying to extract a fictitious "camera tax." The Chinese traveler was ...
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