Jevans Nyabiage

Kenyan journalist Jevans Nyabiage is South China Morning Post's first Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Jevans keeps an eye on China-Africa relations and also Chinese investments, ranging from infrastructure to energy and metal, on the continent.

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Why Chinese demand for African imports might defy Covid lockdowns, supply chain snarls

Food security push seen to feed Chinese demand for African farm products, with the EV and construction sectors driving raw materials buys.

Food security push seen to feed Chinese demand for African farm products, with the EV and construction sectors driving raw materials buys.

22 May 2022 - 10:00PM
Mali’s rosewood crisis ‘not happening in a vacuum’ – and China is a key buyer

Military coups and a jihadist insurgency have fuelled the illegal logging and export of the protected timber, according to EIA report.

Military coups and a jihadist insurgency have fuelled the illegal logging and export of the protected timber, according to EIA report.

22 May 2022 - 2:00PM
US military may get access to strategic Somaliland port, airfield

Top Pentagon officials visited Hargeisa last week, and toured the newly renovated port and airport at Berbera.

Top Pentagon officials visited Hargeisa last week, and toured the newly renovated port and airport at Berbera.

19 May 2022 - 3:39AM
Nairobi tollway an example of China’s new belt and road financing approach in Africa

The expressway opening in Kenya’s capital is part of a shift by China’s Belt and Road Initiative away from debt financing toward public-private partnerships.

The expressway opening in Kenya’s capital is part of a shift by China’s Belt and Road Initiative away from debt financing toward public-private partnerships.

14 May 2022 - 8:30PM
China-Africa trade rises in first quarter, though coming months may see a flattening

Bilateral trade rose 23 per cent to US$64.8 billion, compared to the same period in 2021, boosted by African exports of minerals and metals.

Bilateral trade rose 23 per cent to US$64.8 billion, compared to the same period in 2021, boosted by African exports of minerals and metals.

11 May 2022 - 4:00PM
How Chinese loans help fuel African military spending

The country has signed deals with eight countries totally US$3.5 billion over the past 20 years to buy equipment and build bases.

The country has signed deals with eight countries totally US$3.5 billion over the past 20 years to buy equipment and build bases.

9 May 2022 - 11:15AM
Can China help save Gabon’s giant forests from illegal logging?

Conditions have changed dramatically since the two countries signed a deal to promote sustainable forestry, minister says.

Conditions have changed dramatically since the two countries signed a deal to promote sustainable forestry, minister says.

7 May 2022 - 6:00PM
China-reliant Gabon finds oil-free, green future in its forests

The small African country’s environment minister talks climate financing at the IMF’s spring meeting as the need to replace oil revenues grows.

The small African country’s environment minister talks climate financing at the IMF’s spring meeting as the need to replace oil revenues grows.

3 May 2022 - 2:34PM
How former Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki looked east to China

Kibaki, who died last week aged 90, stepped up the country’s efforts to attract investment from Asian countries rather than the West.

Kibaki, who died last week aged 90, stepped up the country’s efforts to attract investment from Asian countries rather than the West.

30 Apr 2022 - 6:04PM
China slashes African infrastructure loans but ICT funding holds firm

Data shows 11 deals worth US$1.9 billion were signed in eight countries in 2020, a 78 per cent drop on the previous year.

Data shows 11 deals worth US$1.9 billion were signed in eight countries in 2020, a 78 per cent drop on the previous year.

27 Apr 2022 - 11:00AM
Chinese envoy arrives in Zambia as another debt crisis looms for Lusaka

Ambassador Du Xiaohui has no direct role in negotiations with the African country’s Chinese lenders but some hope he can build a bridge.

Ambassador Du Xiaohui has no direct role in negotiations with the African country’s Chinese lenders but some hope he can build a bridge.

20 Apr 2022 - 6:00PM
Guinea’s military rulers pressure Chinese and other foreign companies to pay more mining royalties

Chinese companies have large investments in Guinea, and about half of China’s imports of bauxite – a mineral used to make aluminium – are from the West African nation.

Chinese companies have large investments in Guinea, and about half of China’s imports of bauxite – a mineral used to make aluminium – are from the West African nation.

18 Apr 2022 - 12:00PM
Report casts doubt on Chinese debt-trap threat to Kenya’s Mombasa port

The Kenyan auditor general had warned that port could be seized if the country fell behind in its loan repayments for a railway – a conclusion now disputed by a group of researchers in the US.

The Kenyan auditor general had warned that port could be seized if the country fell behind in its loan repayments for a railway – a conclusion now disputed by a group of researchers in the US.

17 Apr 2022 - 8:00PM
China gets a taste for South African wine as tariffs take Australian varieties off the table

South African vineyards have started tailoring their product to the Chinese market, with exports soaring in 2021.

South African vineyards have started tailoring their product to the Chinese market, with exports soaring in 2021.

10 Apr 2022 - 2:00PM
Sanctions on Russia may leave a gap in the African arms market. China may be ready to step in

China is a relatively small player in a market dominated by Russia but could be well placed to grow its share.

China is a relatively small player in a market dominated by Russia but could be well placed to grow its share.

9 Apr 2022 - 10:13PM
Russia’s war in Ukraine a ‘diplomatic conundrum’ for some African nations

Dozens of countries that have close ties to both Moscow and the West have been hesitant to make their stand known.

Dozens of countries that have close ties to both Moscow and the West have been hesitant to make their stand known.

5 Apr 2022 - 11:00AM
Chinese firm regains control of DR Congo copper mine after agreeing to reach solution with government over royalty disputes

China Molybdenum had its operations at the massive Tenke Fungurume mine suspended after it was accused of not declaring thousands of tonnes of reserves

China Molybdenum had its operations at the massive Tenke Fungurume mine suspended after it was accused of not declaring thousands of tonnes of reserves

3 Apr 2022 - 6:40PM
China’s Peace cable linking Europe and Africa arrives in Kenya

The digital ‘expressway’ starts in Pakistan and will eventually reach France.

The digital ‘expressway’ starts in Pakistan and will eventually reach France.

31 Mar 2022 - 4:00PM
Can China play the role of peacemaker in the Middle East and Horn of Africa?

Beijing has stepped up its diplomatic efforts in both regions, which are vital to its strategic interests and investments.

Beijing has stepped up its diplomatic efforts in both regions, which are vital to its strategic interests and investments.

26 Mar 2022 - 6:00PM
How war in Ukraine fuels a food crisis in Africa

The continent relies heavily on Russian and Ukrainian exports, but Russia’s invasion and resulting sanctions have disrupted supply and pushed up prices.

The continent relies heavily on Russian and Ukrainian exports, but Russia’s invasion and resulting sanctions have disrupted supply and pushed up prices.

24 Mar 2022 - 5:09PM
China’s special Horn of Africa envoy has work cut out ahead of first peace meet in conflict-hit region

As conflict threatens investments, China needs to see that economic growth and stability are a two-way street, observers point out.

As conflict threatens investments, China needs to see that economic growth and stability are a two-way street, observers point out.

21 Mar 2022 - 4:00AM
Could Guinea’s junta sink China’s plans to wean itself off Australian iron ore?

Work is on hold at the China-backed Simandou mine, home to one of the biggest undeveloped reserves in the world.

Work is on hold at the China-backed Simandou mine, home to one of the biggest undeveloped reserves in the world.

19 Mar 2022 - 6:00PM
As export deals with China come to its aid, Africa ships lemons

Long-discussed agreements have been struck to ease the obligations imposed on African traders to enter the Chinese market.

Long-discussed agreements have been struck to ease the obligations imposed on African traders to enter the Chinese market.

19 Mar 2022 - 6:44AM
CEO of Chinese mining giant back in DRC as cobalt supplies face biggest test yet

China Moly has been suspended from running the massive Tenke-Funrugume copper and cobalt mine, and its contracts face renegotiation.

China Moly has been suspended from running the massive Tenke-Funrugume copper and cobalt mine, and its contracts face renegotiation.

14 Mar 2022 - 11:00AM
Angola looks at refinancing debt as it faces higher repayments on Chinese loans

As crude prices rise amid Ukraine-Russia war, the oil-rich nation will have to increase its instalments as part of debt relief agreements.

As crude prices rise amid Ukraine-Russia war, the oil-rich nation will have to increase its instalments as part of debt relief agreements.

11 Mar 2022 - 6:00AM
Weapons and wheat: Russia and its ‘oversized’ influence in Africa

Moscow has been the biggest arms seller in the region for more than a decade, propping up regimes on Nato’s southern flank, analysts say.

Moscow has been the biggest arms seller in the region for more than a decade, propping up regimes on Nato’s southern flank, analysts say.

6 Mar 2022 - 8:00PM
China cobalt mine deal was ‘injustice’: my country did not get anything, ex-DRC leader says

Under the scanner are the US$6 billion Sicomines deal with Chinese firms, and China Moly’s alleged unreporting of reserves at its Tenke mine.

Under the scanner are the US$6 billion Sicomines deal with Chinese firms, and China Moly’s alleged unreporting of reserves at its Tenke mine.

6 Mar 2022 - 8:32PM
China unites with Somalia against growing Taiwanese-Somaliland ties

Friendship between the two largely unrecognised governments is regarded by Beijing as a threat to its strategic interests in the Horn of Africa.

Friendship between the two largely unrecognised governments is regarded by Beijing as a threat to its strategic interests in the Horn of Africa.

3 Mar 2022 - 9:00PM
Why is China being blamed for the stalled G20 debt relief plan for distressed countries?

The Common Framework was meant to help out low-income nations battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Common Framework was meant to help out low-income nations battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

27 Feb 2022 - 6:00PM
China opens party school in Africa to teach its model to continent’s officials

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Tanzania, built with US$40 million of Communist Party funding, could aid Beijing’s ‘party-to-party diplomacy’.

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Tanzania, built with US$40 million of Communist Party funding, could aid Beijing’s ‘party-to-party diplomacy’.

26 Feb 2022 - 8:00PM