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Kenyan Presidential Hopefuls Want to Sell Pot and Avocados to Repay Country’s Debts to China

It's not unusual for China to emerge as a contentious hot-button electoral issue during presidential campaigns in Africa but rarely as flamboyantly as in Kenya's increasingly colorful race. Two of the candidates, one a major party contender, the other, well, not ...

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Plays Fast and Loose with the Facts in Condemning China’s BRI

Few other stakeholders in the U.S. despise China as much as Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He's now among Beijing's fiercest critics in Washington (which is quite an accomplishment, given how confronting China has become something of a pastime in the U.S. capitol.) He's been particularly strident about ...

Kenya’s Parliament Launches Inquiry Into Chinese Contracts

The months-long dispute over the transparency of Chinese infrastructure contracts in Kenya intensified on Monday when the parliament launched an official inquiry to identify "directors and/or representatives" involved in those deals. Parliamentary opponents of President Uhuru Kenyatta, led by National Assembly ...

Two CPC Representatives Met With the Head of Nigeria’s Main Opposition Party

Two representatives from the Communist Party of China (CPC) stationed in the embassy in Abuja paid a courtesy call last week to Iyorchia Ayu (photo), head of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria's largest opposition party. The visit highlights two ...

The Top Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa Was Asked if China and Russia Are Involved in the Recent Wave of Coups

General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is well known for his oft-stated concern about China's presence in Africa and the destabilizing role that he feels Beijing plays on the continent. So, when journalist Simon Ateba, the Washington, D.C. ...

This Exchange on Capitol Hill Explains Why the Pentagon Keeps Saying China Wants to Build a New Base in Africa

For the past year or so, General Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander for Africa (AFRICOM) has said repeatedly that China is looking to build a new military base on the continent, this time on the Atlantic coast. But neither he nor his colleagues ...

Does the Flurry of Chinese Mideast Diplomacy Point to a Shift in Policy and a Tilt-Away From Africa? 

The frenetic pace of Chinese diplomacy with Persian Gulf countries in 2022 is prompting widespread speculation that Beijing is placing a higher priority on its relations with Mideast countries, possibly at the expense of Africa. Contrasting views on this issue emerged ...

High-Level U.S. National Security Delegation Pitched Tshisekedi a “Different Development Model” Than China’s

A high-level delegation from the United States met with Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi in Kinshasa on Friday, in what appears to be an effort to try and loosen China's increasingly tight grip on the Congolese mining sector. The ...

Hichilema Promises (Again) Not to Favor Chinese Creditors in Zambian Debt Restructuring

President Hakainde Hichilema restated his longstanding commitment to deal with all of Zambia's creditors equally in a future debt restructuring deal and vowed not to give any preferential treatment to Chinese creditors. “What we don’t intend to do is to cross-subsidize ...

Seeking ‘Olympic Spirit’ in the Global South

By Lukas Fiala and Hugo Jones, China Foresight LSE IDEAS Over the past month, political leaders and Olympic committee officials from a dozen African countries have publicly expressed their support for China’s hosting of the Winter Olympics this February. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s ...
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