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How China’s Changing Economy is Impacting Africa?

Back in the early 2000s, when Chinese engagement in Africa started to ramp up, China was enjoying double-digit growth and devoured vast quantities of African oil, minerals, and timber to feed its surging manufacturing sector. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

The Future of Chinese Development Finance in Africa

Chinese development finance in Africa today is a small fraction of what it was a decade ago when Beijing's policy banks provided billions of dollars in loans to countries across the continent. But while those ...

What Kenya’s State Visit to the U.S. Reveals About Winning Over the Global South

By Lucas Engel Kenyan President William Ruto’s recent state visit to Washington, DC underscored considerable alignment between the U.S. and Kenya. The experience will likely boost U.S. policymakers’ confidence in the ability of the U.S. to compete with China in ...

Chinese EV Tech in Kenya’s Mass Transport: The BasiGo Story

In 2022, BasiGo, an early-stage e-mobility start-up, imported two electric buses from BYD, a Chinese conglomerate and the world’s largest EV company. The plan was to address the mass transport needs by providing these buses to enable the country’s shift to clean transport. The idea was to study the BYD technology and then replicate it in Kenya by locally assembling bus parts sourced from the giant Chinese EV manufacturer.

The African Development Bank and the Role of China in Africa’s Call for Changes in the Global Financial Architecture

By Tim Hirschel-Burns and Oyintarelado Moses To close out a month in which the Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development also held their annual meetings, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will hold its 

Biden Woos Kenya’s Ruto With Major Ally Status on State Visit

By Danny Kemp A diplomatic upgrade and a surprise appearance by Barack Obama: U.S. President Joe Biden pulled out the stops as he hosted Kenyan counterpart William Ruto for a lavish state visit aimed at competing with Russia and China for ...

Ruto’s Visit to Washington Provokes Some Highly Misleading Media Narratives About Chinese Debt

Kenyan President William Ruto met his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday, marking the first African state visit in 16 years. Although Kenya's burgeoning debt crisis was widely expected to be high on the agenda, that ...

Biden Fetes Kenyan Leader as Africa Competition Grows

By Aurelia End and Shaun Tandon Kenyan President William Ruto opened the first state visit to Washington by an African leader in more than 15 years on Wednesday, as President Joe Biden seeks to counter geopolitical headwinds across the continent.

Chinese Embassy in Kenya Hosts Unusual Event About Taiwan

The Chinese embassy in Kenya hosted an unusual forum on Monday that focused on Beijing's already well-known position regarding the status of Taiwan. Ambassador Zhou Pingjian apparently wanted to make it very clear to the nearly two dozen senior officials, MPs, and ...

Kenya’s Chinese Debt to be on the Agenda When Ruto Arrives in Washington

Kenyan President William Ruto will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the midway point of a four-day visit to the United States that will include talks with President Joe Biden. U.S. officials said in advance of Ruto's arrival that debt relief ...

Why It May Be Premature to Trust Nigerian, Kenyan Media Reports on New Chinese Railway Funding

A word of caution about a flurry of headlines circulating in the Kenyan and Nigerian press this week claiming that China has committed to spending billions of dollars on new railway projects in both countries. Something just doesn't sound right about these stories. It's interesting ...
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