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Q&A: Hong Kong Expertise Playing Pivotal Role in Transitioning Popular Motorbike Taxis in Kenya

A small group of entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and China is pioneering a new e-mobility business model in Kenya that aims to revolutionize the country’s ubiquitous motorbike taxis known as bodabodas. Tucked away in a garage in Nairobi’s Upperhill business district, ...

Tshisekedi’s Trip to China Was a Total Waste of Time and It’s His Fault

Two somewhat perplexing stories today in the China-Africa space. First, the visit to China by President Félix Tshisekedi is wrapping up in Hong Kong and it appears, at least based on what we know so far, that the trip was a colossal waste of time for the ...

Lots of Pomp, Little Substance: DRC President Didn’t Get Much Out of His Trip to China

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi is wrapping up his near-week-long visit to China with a two-day stopover in Hong Kong before returning home later Monday. The president will meet with Chief Executive John Lee ka-chiu and members of the territory's powerful business community.

[WEEK IN REVIEW] Chinese Hacking in Kenya & DRC President Goes to Beijing

This week CGSP Francophone Africa Editor Geraud Neema joins Eric & Cobus to discuss DR Congo President Félix Tshiskedi's state visit to China which comes at a critical time for the Congolese leader. Tshisekedi is going to pressure his Chinese hosts ...

Why Felix Tshisekedi’s Visit to Beijing is the Weightiest Trip of His Career

Felix Tshisekedi arrives in China at a politically charged moment at home. 2023 is an election year, he faces a large opposition that not only brings together his prominent opponent Martin Fayulu, but also the former governor of Katanga (and Tshisekedi’s former political ally) Moise Katumbi.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Argentina Scores $924 Million in Deals from China

Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa managed to secure almost a billion dollars‘ worth of investment deals on the first leg of his trip to China.
He is on an economic rescue mission, with talks expected to renew and extend a currency swap agreement in order to infuse much-needed foreign money into the Argentinian economy.

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Key Lessons From Indonesia’s China-Backed Mining & Infrastructure Ventures

Indonesia is a pioneer among developing countries for its efforts in moving up the EV battery metal value chain. Whereas most other countries like the DR Congo and Chile export raw commodities that are processed elsewhere, Indonesia now requires all of ...

Turns Out, There Are Grievances on Both Sides of the China-DR Congo Relationship

Ahead of President Tshisekedi's arrival in Beijing on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Qin Gang met his Congolese counterpart Christophe Lutundula yesterday. Beyond the formalities and diplomatic courtesies reaffirming the strength of relations between the two countries, Qin made a comment that may ...

Geraud Neema on What DR Congo President Tshisekedi Hopes to Achieve During His Four-Day Visit to China

BBC WORLD SERVICE: The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, is scheduled to start a five-day visit to China today. It's his first official visit to Beijing. And among other things, the president wants to formally overhaul a $6 billion deal called the Sicomines ...

Difficult Conversations Underway in Beijing About China’s Mining Interests in the DR Congo

Even before DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, his ministers fanned across the Chinese capital earlier this week to lay the groundwork for what are going to be delicate negotiations over a pair of large, yet very contentious Chinese mining projects in the DRC. ...

Chinese Media is Surprisingly Quiet Over DRC President’s State Visit to Beijing

Congolese ministers have been in Beijing all week preparing for Wednesday's arrival of President Félix Tshisekedi. Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula met with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang on Monday and Mining Minister N'samba Kalambayi held talks with both corporate and government stakeholders the following day. ...
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