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Kenyan Government’s Hiring of the State-Owned Chinese Company Used to Build the SGR Ruled Illegal by Court of Appeals

Kenya's Court of Appeals dealt a devastating blow to the government and its national rail company when it ruled on Friday that the $4.7 billion (Ksh 500 million) contract with the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was illegal and violated the constitution. ...

Judd Devermont: COVID-19 Provides African Governments With the Opportunity to Reset Geopolitical Ties

"African governments are fed up with the state of the world," declared Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank CSIS, in his latest note on how COVID-19 is transforming the geopolitical calculus across the continent. ...

Kenya or Djibouti: Who Will China Support For a Seat on the UN Security Council?

With only a few days left before next week's election to fill the rotating open seat on the U.N. Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, a lot of the attention is now focused on China and whether it will throw its support behind Djibouti or Kenya.

While the CCP is Viewed With Skepticism in the U.S. and EU, That’s Definitely Not the Case in Parts of Africa

Although China's ties with African civil society stakeholders have frayed considerably in recent months due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, debt-related issues and, most notably, the lasting bitter taste over what happened in Guangzhou, Beijing's relations with Africa's governing class at both the state and ruling-party levels ...

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Summons U.S. Ambassador to Explain O’Brien’s Comments

Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo was not amused by U.S. National Security Council Robert O'Brien's accusation that Harare, together with China, is a "foreign adversary" of the United States and working to stoke discord amid the ongoing protests there.  ...

Chinese Officials Are Apparently Embracing #BlackLivesMatter

After the past two months of anti-Chinese rage on African social media that came in response to the highly visible poor treatment of Africans in Guangzhou back in April, there's a certain irony to the Chinese government's embrace of the popular U.S. call to action "Black Lives ...

Just a Month Ago China Was Blamed for Anti-Black Discrimination, Now Beijing Rallies Behind Africa to Protest Against Racism in the U.S.

The Chinese government is steadily escalating its criticism of the United States over the ongoing protests against police brutality that are now taking place in dozens of cities across the U.S. While Chinese diplomats and embassies in Africa 

While Kenyan Parents Worry About Their Kids’ Schooling During Lockdown, the Country’s Education Head Thinks This is a Good Time Talk About Everyone Learning Chinese

The topic of Mandarin language instruction is extremely sensitive in Kenya even during good times, so you can imagine the reaction that Education Chief Secretary George Magoha received this weekend when he hinted that Chinese language education would be included in the country's national curriculum known as ...

Global Times Just Comes Out and Says It: Africa Should Abandon Democracy and Follow China’s Development Model Instead

Over the years, China has actively promoted its party-led governance model in Africa over more pluralistic forms of government common in the U.S. and Europe. But, for the most part, they've kept that message pretty low key so as not to come off as trying to overtly ...

Why Does Nigerian Representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa Want to Review Almost 20 Years of Loans From China?

Earlier this month, on May 13, Nigerian representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa introduced a motion that was passed by the House calling for an investigation into all of the country's loans from China dating back to 2000. Representative Igbakpa ...
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