China’s building plans could strain African economies

Ricardo Reboredo, Trinity College Dublin It has been described by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “project of the century”. And the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is certainly ambitious. A massive infrastructural development program that will potentially span 60 countries, and cost an estimated US$5 trillion, it will mean building new rail networks, …

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Africa offers a point of cooperation for Xi and Trump

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will meet for the first time at Trump’s opulent Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida in early April. There’s no indication yet that they will discuss Africa. But both major powers have extensive and often complementary interests that are of …

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Africa News Headlines for 17 March 2017

A compilation of Africa news headlines from around the globe, published over the past 24 hours. Dubai Chamber of Commerce participates in Africa investment conference Source: Gulf News Journal New trade facilitation tool launched to enhance intra-Africa trade Source: Coastweek/Xinhua Nigeria’s exports to South Africa hits N552.2 billion in 2016 Source: Premium Times South Sudan-Ethiopia …

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Is China displacing traditional foreign aid donors in Africa?

Haley J. Swedlund, Radboud University In keeping with a two decades long diplomatic tradition, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chose Africa for his first overseas visit of 2017. Wang’s decision to make Africa his first stop on a five-nation tour in early January highlights the importance China places on its relations with Africa. Dramatic …

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Africa News Headlines – Crisis in the Gambia – 19 January 2017

This is a compilation of recent news headlines about the electoral and political crisis in the Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down despite having been defeated at the polls on December 1 by challenger Adama Barrow, who was sworn in today as the Gambia’s legitimate head of state at the Gambian Embassy …

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