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Xi Meets with Kenyan, UN, Nigerian Leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping had another flurry of high-level meetings on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum on Wednesday. During his meeting with Kenyan President William Ruto, Xi pledged further support for investment in Kenya, as well as cooperation in ...

Kenya’s President Appeals to Chinese Investors to Finance Railway Extension to Ugandan Border

Kenyan President William Ruto issued a direct appeal to Chinese investors to finance the extension of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to the Ugandan border. The president explained that completing this last portion of the railway would unlock significant economic opportunities throughout ...

Kenyan President’s Economic Diplomacy Agenda Will be Tested in Beijing This Week

Among the dozens of leaders attending this week's Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, few are under as much pressure to deliver tangible results from the event as Kenyan President William Ruto. Back home, the Kenyan economy is in serious trouble 

World Leaders Descend on Beijing Before Tuesday’s Belt and Road Forum Kickoff

Top officials from around the world are arriving in Beijing this week for the third Belt and Road forum, which comes as China celebrates the 10th anniversary of the signature infrastructure initiative. Some 130 representatives are expected to attend. The gathering ...

Chinese Construction Projects in Kenya Stall Amid Worsening Economy

For Kenya, repaying its loans sustainably is now a matter of concern since the country’s currency is devaluing fast in what the Central Bank said is “adjusting from policy mistakes”.

Michael Pettis Explains How China’s Changing Economy Will Impact the World

China's economy emerged from the pandemic much weaker than before. Unemployment is up, exports are down and a burgeoning property crisis is having a devastating impact on local government finances. These changes in the economy ...

Kenya’s Longshot Request for Chinese Financial Assistance and Debt Relief

Kenyan President William Ruto is preparing to make a longshot billion-dollar request for badly-needed financial assistance in a bid to bolster his country's ailing economy. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said Ruto will submit the request in person when he travels to Beijing later this month. Although he ...

What’s It Like to Study China-Africa Relations at Harvard University?

Only a handful of universities around the world teach area studies courses in China-Africa relations. It's a field that was once quite popular but less so today as interest in studying Chinese affairs more broadly has fallen precipitously. ...

Africa at the Intersection of Three Megatrends: China, Climate and Debt

Dramatic scenes this week in Italy where 7,000 people, mostly from Africa, came ashore after making the dangerous trek across the Mediterranean. It was a similar situation along the U.S.-Mexico border where 9,000 people crossed in a single day.

Kenyan Farmers Watch as Chinese Garlic Slowly Claims Market

Significant imports from China are meant to meet the shortfall since Kenyan farmers produce only 2,000 metric tonnes which only meets 50 to 60% of local needs. The rest is supplemented by imports from Rwanda and Tanzania.

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