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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 ...

Chinese Contractor Pledges to Complete Nigerian Capital’s Light Rail in Eight Months

The local head of Chinese construction major CCECC, Jason Zheng, pledged that it would only take eight months to build the once-abandoned light rail in the Nigerian capital Abuja. Zheng made the promise during a meeting last week with Nigerian Vice ...

China’s Share of Nigeria’s Ballooning Debt Remains Steady at Around 4%

Chinese creditors account for just 4.1%, or $4.7 billion, of Nigeria's $114 billion total public debt, according to the latest figures released by the Debt Management Office in Abuja. While China's share is significantly larger than other bilateral creditors, France is ...

China’s Indispensable Role in Africa’s Railway Renaissance

Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of kilometers of new railway lines have been built across Africa - much of it constructed and financed by China. But the days when Beijing paid big bucks to build these kinds of ...

Nigerians’ (Misplaced) Anxiety About Chinese Debt

For years, Nigerian politicians and media reports have issued breathless warnings about the dangers of becoming too indebted to China, fearing the dreaded "debt trap" and the risk of surrendering the country's strategic assets. While ...

Q&A: China’s Transsion’s Little-Known Phone Repair Business Thrives in Global South, Offers Clues To Sustainable Hardware Services

Carlcare, a post-sales repair service provider, is a little-known unit of Transsion Holdings, a Chinese maker of mobile phones beloved across Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Like its parent company, Carlcare’s business is thriving in developing countries thanks to its adept localizing; in this case, tapping into ...

Nigerian Trader Sparks Online Controversy When He Shows How Much He Bought for Just $63

Nigerian TikTok users couldn't believe what they were seeing when a China-based importer who goes by the TikTok handle @timi_perfection posted a video that laid out everything he bought for just 50,000 nairas (about $63.) Dozens of comments expressed doubt over how much ...

African and Chinese Scientists Collaborating to Stop Desertification in Vulnerable Countries

The 3rd Taklimakan Summit in Xinjiang last month saw experts from Ethiopia and Nigeria joining specialists and representatives from 14 countries for a series of training and field visit experiences on combating desertification deep in China’s largest arid zone. ...

PLA Navy Tour of Africa Stops in the Republic of Congo

A weeks-long tour of Africa by a trio of Chinese warships continued with a stop in the Republic of Congo on Friday, where they were greeted by Defense Minister Richard Mondjo. The PLA Navy ships previously made stops in Nigeria, Ghana ...

Bases, Training, and Weapon Sales: Latest Trends in China-Africa Military Ties

Three Chinese warships made ports of call in Ghana and Nigeria this month, prompting a new wave of speculation about Beijing's military ambitions in Africa. The PLA Navy visit followed reports that Chinese miners in the Central African Republic were rescued ...
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