Will China’s naval base cause friction with the US?

Will China’s naval base cause friction with the US?

Djibouti’s recent decision to host a Chinese naval facility caught many Western analysts flat-footed, showing how difficult it can be to predict the behaviour of wily autocratic regimes like that of President Ismail Omar Guelleh – or, for that matter, the government in Beijing.  China chose this small country on…

Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe

Andrew is a Research Fellow in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he specializes in international security.

Zimbabwe: civil servants not paid before Christmas day

Zimbabwe: civil servants not paid before Christmas day

In the same week that the Zimbabwean government has failed to pay its civil servants before Christmas day, it was announced that China is cancelling the country’s $40 million in debts. 500,000 government employees are to go without pay until December 28 the Public Service Commission stated. Previously the state…

What will China’s bauxite mining deal mean for Guinea’s environment?

What will China’s bauxite mining deal mean for Guinea’s environment?

“The cooperation project not only created jobs for young people but brings business opportunities to Guineans,” chirped Kassory Fofana, Minister of State at the Chinese President’s office, as the first cargo ship containing 170,000 tons of bauxite arrived at China’s Yantai Port from Boke Port, Guinea. In March 2015, China’s…

Mohamed Toure is a Malian writer and researcher currently living in Addis Ababa.

What does Germany have to offer the African continent?

Recent years has seen ample discussion of the growing trade and economic relationship of China with numerous African nations. Accordingly, this has led to debate surrounding the USA’s ongoing status as a trade leader on the African continent; and how this may change with China’s rise. Yet, thus far there…

What does China’s new naval base mean for Djibouti?

Meeting on the sidelines of the China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa, Djibouti’s President, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, and China’s Xi Jinping underlined their continued cooperation, stressing that the two states would strengthen mutual political trust and economic partnerships. This recently developed bond was all the more emphasized with…

China pledges $60 billion for development in Africa

China’s president, Xi Jinping arrived in South Africa for the China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC). The Summit is set to be a memorable event aimed at furthering cooperation a union between China and Africa. Over the past 15 years trade between China and Africa has skyrocketed from $10 billion to $220…

Investment in Zimbabwe: what next?

ZIMBABWE’S veteran ruler, President Robert Mugabe is turning to Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man,  Mr Aliko Dangote for elusive foreign direct investment, portraying him as the saviour for his country’s unforgiving economic woes. The wealthy Mr Dangote was in the Southern African country late August to scout for opportunities…

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe is a Zimbabwe journalist based in the capital, Harare.

China planning highway in Liberia

China is planning to build a highway for Liberia as part of their Ebola recovery aid. Liberia’s foreign minister speaking at a news conference on Sunday with China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, who is currently visiting Liberia, stated that China is planning to build a coastal highway in Liberia. The…

China in Ethiopia

Tuesday July 7, 2015, a two day forum in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Investing in Africa came to an end. This was the first forum set to continue for many years to come, jointly organised by the governments of Ethiopia and China, World Bank Group (WBG), China Development Bank…