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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 ...

Chinese Contractor Completes Construction of New Nigerian Transportation University

The Chinese contractor that built a new $50 million transportation university in northern Nigeria formally handed over the facility on Friday to the Federal government at a ceremony in the capital, Abuja. The new university was built as part of a ...

China-Africa Relations in the Era of Great Power Competition

A prominent French TV journalist was visibly surprised when DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi bluntly told him that he prefers to work with Chinese and Russian partners rather than those from the West. The exchange ...

Chinese Mobile Phone Giant Transsion Delivered Outstanding Financial Results, But Investors Still Ditched the Stock. Why?

Transsion, the world's fourth largest phone company that dominates the device market across large swathes of the Global South, shed a stunning $2 billion of its market cap in a single day last month after investors dumped the company's stock en masse. What's ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Chinese Supermarket Scandal in Nigeria

Nigerian consumer protection authorities shut a Chinese supermarket in the capital, Abuja after a video went viral showing the store refusing entry to local residents. The scandal sparked outrage online and was among the top stories of the week on national ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

Anger Erupts in Nigeria Over Chinese Supermarket’s Alleged Discrimination Against Local Customers

Nigerian consumer protection authorities shuttered a Chinese supermarket in the capital Abuja in response to a video that went viral over the weekend. The video seemingly shows the store refusing entry to Black customers. The Royal Choice supermarket is located inside the ...

The State of Chinese Tech in Africa With Benjamin Dada

For much of the past ten years, Chinese technology in Africa focused largely on devices and infrastructure. But today, the conversations also include issues related to governance, online services, and the emergence of artificial intelligence. ...

ByteDance Shuts Down Free African Messaging App That Failed to Challenge WhatsApp

Chinese tech firm ByteDance shut down its three-year-old multimedia messaging app LetsChat earlier this month, a rare defeat for the social media giant that hoped the platform would take off among Africa’s ballooning youth population. In contrast to TikTok, ByteDance’s short ...

Tang Xiaoyang on Why the U.S., Not China is to Blame for Africa’s Debt Problems

While many in the West still contend Africa's worsening debt crisis is largely due to excessive Chinese lending, Tsinghua University Professor Tang Xiaoyang argues that accusation just isn't true.  Instead, the well-known China-Africa scholar contends ...

Nigeria’s Debt to China Edges Higher

Nigeria's debt obligations to China increased by almost half a billion dollars in the second half of last year to $5.16 billion, according to new data released by the Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO). While China is by far Nigeria's largest bilateral ...
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