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Labor Relations at Chinese Construction Sites in Africa

Few topics have shaped perceptions about China's engagement in Africa more than the presence of Chinese construction sites across the continent. Chinese contractors have built countless ports, roads, railways, and more, but the way that work has been done has been ...

Chinese Firm Wins Contract to Build New Sports Stadium in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government awarded China Railway Construction Engineering Group a $113 million contract to build a new soccer stadium in the northern city of Arusha. The stadium will be used for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals. While China has ...

Two of China’s Largest Construction Companies Face New Legal Challenges in Kenya

Two of China's largest construction companies, the China Road and Bridge Corporation and China Gezhouba Group, are facing new legal challenges from local partners and authorities in Kenya: NAIROBI WESTERN BYPASS: Kenya's Auditor General Nancy Gathungu accused the ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Contractors Won Nearly a Third of Construction Projects in Africa in 2022, Four Times More Than Western Firms

Chinese contractors won nearly a third of all construction projects in Africa last year, four times more than Western firms, according to a new study by the Hinrich Foundation. These findings mark a sharp reversal from the 1990s when U.S. and European firms won 85% of infrastructure contracts. 

Chinese Company Commences Construction Works After 5-Year Delay as Kenya Turns to Mega Dams for Irrigation

China’s Sinohydro Corporation and Engineering has received the green light to commence works on the $135 million Mwache Multipurpose Dam project in Kenya’s Kwale County. Launched by President William Ruto on Thursday, the long-awaited project is scheduled for completion in 2026. ...

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 ...

It’s Been a Big Week for Chinese Infrastructure Development in Africa

Two U.S. cabinet secretaries are currently touring Africa to fulfill President Joe Biden's promise that the United States is "all in" when it comes to bolstering ties with countries across the continent. A key part of the message that Treasury Secretary Janet ...

Massive New Chinese-financed Cultural Center Takes Shape in Kinshasa

Three years after Chinese contractors broke ground to build the new Central African Cultural and Arts Center in the DR Congo capital of Kinshasa, the 36,000-square-meter development is now taking shape. Outgoing Chinese ambassador to the DRC, Zhu Jing, posted an update on Twitter about ...

New Undersea Cable Will Link China to a Trio of Countries in Southeast Asia

Six telecom carriers from four countries in Asia signed an agreement to build a new regional undersea high bandwidth cable. The $300 million Asia Link Cable system will stretch 6,000 kilometers from southern China to the Philippines, Brunei and Singapore.

China Harbour Completes Construction of West Africa’s Largest Deep Water Port in Nigeria

The state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company completed construction of the $1.5 billion Lekki Deep Sea Port near Lagos and officially handed over the facility to its Nigerian partners. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the new port will generate 200,000 jobs ...

One of China’s Largest BRI Builders Faces Economic Headwinds at Home

Business is booming for the China Communications Construction Company. It is one of the world's largest construction companies and built many of China's iconic BRI projects, including the controversial Port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and the Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. Signed contracts jumped 22% in ...
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