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[PODCAST] Africa needs infrastructure, China wants to build it. So what’s the problem?

Africa faces a severe infrastructure crisis. Roads, ports, airports, hospitals and telecommunications are all needed to generate the economic growth necessary to support a population that is expected to double by 2050. But that kind of investment doesn’t come cheap. It’s estimated that over the next ten years Africa will need to spend around $100 billion a year — an unattainably high figure for ... Read More »

[PODCAST] Chinese debt in Africa: how much is too much?

African countries are once again binging on foreign debt. Across the continent, external debt has risen sharply, by almost 50% since 2010 according to data from the World Bank, to an estimated 416 billion dollars. Unlike 20–30 years ago when Africa turned to the west for cash, today China is the creditor of choice. The Chinese are shelling out massive ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Is China a partner or predator in Africa (or both)?

Depending on who you speak with, China’s engagement in Africa is often described in extreme terms as either the best thing to happen to the continent in the post-colonial era or just the latest foreign predator coming to pillage Africa of its resources. With China’s presence in Africa now stretching across nearly all 54 countries where an estimated one million Chinese immigrants now live and hundreds of billions ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s undeserved reputation for building bad infrastructure in Africa

The Chinese build more infrastructure in Africa than any other country (foreign or African). Chinese banks are financing billions of dollars in new loans, aid packages and other deals to build badly-needed infrastructure across the continent and it’s Chinese companies that are doing most of the engineering and construction work. Between 2009 and 2014, the Chinese signed $328 billion in ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Industrialization in Africa: Ethiopia wants to become the new ‘Made in China’

There’s a pretty good chance that some of the clothes you’re wearing, the shoes on your feet and even the device you’re using to read this were made in China. Even as its economy slows, China remains the world’s factory, churning out billions of dollars every year of goods. The government, though, wants to change this which could be a ... Read More »

Chinese youth in Kenya: a new generation of Sino-African relations

By Yao Zongfu, China-Africa Seed Research Fellow in China House “I only admire three people in Nairobi and they are all here.”Li, a manager of a private company, said at a social meeting of a group of Chinese youth.He admire not only their ability of business but importantly their continuous efforts on improving Sino-African relationship.Chinese youth nowadays become a more ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A Kenyan columnist’s provocative views on the Chinese in Africa

In Mark Kapchanga’s view, the West, particularly the media, really don’t understand what the Chinese are doing in Africa. Kapchanga, a provocative Nairobi-based journalist and columnist, isn’t shy in arguing his case that on balance China’s presence in Africa is net plus for the continent and its people. The West, he says, just doesn’t have its priorities right in Africa, ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Cameroon highlights pros & cons of Chinese infrastructure

When finished, the new deep sea port in the southern Cameroonian city of Kribi will likely become a major gateway for all Central Africa. This will be Cameroon’s only deep-sea port that can accommodate the larger inter-continental trading ships. This might explain why officials have placed such a huge financial bet on the project. The wager is that the billion ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s mystery deal with the African Union

It’s not really news anymore when China announces yet another massive infrastructure construction deal in Africa. Typically these deals are done at the national level so when Beijing and the African Union signed a major transport infrastructure MOU in late January it did raise some eyebrows. Both sides praised the deal as a major event but neither revealed any specifics ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Mugabe critic: Zimbabwe’s ‘old friend’ China is bleeding it dry

Harare-based economist and columnist Vince Musewe doesn’t mince words in his criticism of Zimbabwe’s growing financial dependence. Beijing is ‘bleeding Zimbabwe dry’ through loans and Musewe says enough is enough. He is calling on Robert Mugabe’s government to come clean and reveal the secret deals between the two governments, otherwise Musewe warns Zimbabwe will only sink further in to economic ... Read More »