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.
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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South Africa gets behind China’s defence of multilateral trade

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the two countries should work together to oppose protectionism.

19 Oct 2019 - 10:00PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the two countries should work together to oppose protectionism.

South Africa gets behind China’s defence of multilateral trade
US$1.5 billion China-funded rail line opens in Kenya amid criticism over its economic feasibility

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta takes maiden ride on latest section of Standard Gauge Railway though it will not open to freight traffic until the end of the year.

21 Oct 2019 - 1:14PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta takes maiden ride on latest section of Standard Gauge Railway though it will not open to freight traffic until the end of the year.

US$1.5 billion China-funded rail line opens in Kenya amid criticism over its economic feasibility
Do Africa’s emerging nations know the secret of China’s economic miracle?

Sino-African two-way trade hit US$204 billion in 2018, but is it economics or politics that is driving development on the giant continent?

13 Oct 2019 - 10:08PM

Sino-African two-way trade hit US$204 billion in 2018, but is it economics or politics that is driving development on the giant continent?

Do Africa’s emerging nations know the secret of China’s economic miracle?
Is a split in the works between Zambia and its long-time business partner, China?

Lusaka faces a growing debt crisis, and hopes Beijing can help refinance some of its loans so that it can secure new credit from IMF, but China ‘remains reluctant to engage in formal agreements on debt restructuring’.

6 Oct 2019 - 9:44PM

Lusaka faces a growing debt crisis, and hopes Beijing can help refinance some of its loans so that it can secure new credit from IMF, but China ‘remains reluctant to engage in formal agreements on debt restructuring’.

Is a split in the works between Zambia and its long-time business partner, China?
Why China is hoping for a peace dividend in South Sudan

Beijing is a major investor in the country’s oilfields and has contributed troops to the UN peacekeeping mission to help end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands

5 Oct 2019 - 10:47PM

Beijing is a major investor in the country’s oilfields and has contributed troops to the UN peacekeeping mission to help end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands

Why China is hoping for a peace dividend in South Sudan
Scholarship offers driving China’s soft-power play in Africa

An initiative that sends thousands of African students to Chinese universities builds an army of influencers for Beijing on the continent while countering accusations of unscrupulous practices.

28 Sep 2019 - 11:12PM

An initiative that sends thousands of African students to Chinese universities builds an army of influencers for Beijing on the continent while countering accusations of unscrupulous practices.

Scholarship offers driving China’s soft-power play in Africa
How China and other Asian countries are fuelling an African drug-abuse crisis

Violent Kenyan organised crime family sourced ‘precursor chemicals’ for illicit drug production from China, US court documents show.

22 Sep 2019 - 11:11PM

Violent Kenyan organised crime family sourced ‘precursor chemicals’ for illicit drug production from China, US court documents show.

How China and other Asian countries are fuelling an African drug-abuse crisis
Trade war between US and China follows Huawei to Africa

Washington’s ‘entity list’ trade restrictions are starting to hurt sales in Africa.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:12PM

Washington’s ‘entity list’ trade restrictions are starting to hurt sales in Africa.

Trade war between US and China follows Huawei to Africa
Chasing China, Japan looks to Africa for trade and global influence

Both countries are competing for influence and benefits on the continent where China is a trade juggernaut. But they want not only raw materials and markets ‘but also respect and love’, according to an analyst.

13 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

Both countries are competing for influence and benefits on the continent where China is a trade juggernaut. But they want not only raw materials and markets ‘but also respect and love’, according to an analyst.

Chasing China, Japan looks to Africa for trade and global influence
China mourns Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe after years of unwavering support

Despite international pressure to stop working with his administration over its human rights record, Beijing’s influence in the African nation only grew.

8 Sep 2019 - 12:32AM

Despite international pressure to stop working with his administration over its human rights record, Beijing’s influence in the African nation only grew.

China mourns Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe after years of unwavering support
China vows to keep funding African infrastructure projects despite debt-trap claims

China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, tells Kenya’s president that Beijing is committed to partnering with African nations through the Belt and Road Initiative.

5 Sep 2019 - 9:52PM

China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, tells Kenya’s president that Beijing is committed to partnering with African nations through the Belt and Road Initiative.

China vows to keep funding African infrastructure projects despite debt-trap claims
Japan keen to do business in Africa as China extends reach on continent

Japanese prime minister says his administration will do all it can to encourage private investment in African countries, while also warning about excessive debt.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:15PM

Japanese prime minister says his administration will do all it can to encourage private investment in African countries, while also warning about excessive debt.

Japan keen to do business in Africa as China extends reach on continent
Scientists fertilise eggs from last two northern white rhinos on Earth in bold bid to save species from extinction

An international team of scientists has edged closer to saving the northern white rhino after they successfully fertilised eggs harvested from the only two surviving females of the species.

27 Aug 2019 - 10:09PM

An international team of scientists has edged closer to saving the northern white rhino after they successfully fertilised eggs harvested from the only two surviving females of the species.

Scientists fertilise eggs from last two northern white rhinos on Earth in bold bid to save species from extinction
How a ban on sale of wild African elephants to zoos could affect China

International wildlife trade watchdog is set to vote on whether to extend restrictions on their sale to cover the southern African countries that are their biggest exporters.

24 Aug 2019 - 5:00AM

International wildlife trade watchdog is set to vote on whether to extend restrictions on their sale to cover the southern African countries that are their biggest exporters.

How a ban on sale of wild African elephants to zoos could affect China
Japan seeks to counter China in Africa with alternative ‘high-quality’ development

Beijing will be watching as leaders of African nations and international organisations gather for development summit in Yokohama later this month.

18 Aug 2019 - 11:18PM

Beijing will be watching as leaders of African nations and international organisations gather for development summit in Yokohama later this month.

Japan seeks to counter China in Africa with alternative ‘high-quality’ development
US-China trade war hits Africa’s cobalt and copper mines with 4,400 jobs expected to vanish

Mining giant Glencore’s plan to shut a cobalt mine in Democratic Republic of Congo and two copper mining shafts in Zambia is due to weakening demand caused in part by the tariff tit-for-tat.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Mining giant Glencore’s plan to shut a cobalt mine in Democratic Republic of Congo and two copper mining shafts in Zambia is due to weakening demand caused in part by the tariff tit-for-tat.

US-China trade war hits Africa’s cobalt and copper mines with 4,400 jobs expected to vanish
Hong Kong firms hope Belt and Road Initiative will open new opportunities in Africa

Visit to Kenya and Djibouti was latest attempt to forge new ties with continent on back of Beijing’s signature infrastructure drive.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:02PM

Visit to Kenya and Djibouti was latest attempt to forge new ties with continent on back of Beijing’s signature infrastructure drive.

Hong Kong firms hope Belt and Road Initiative will open new opportunities in Africa
Lender’s remorse? China finds Africa projects require a growing wave of debt forgiveness

From Kenya to Ethiopia, Botswana to Cameroon, belt and road developments have seen write-offs of hundreds of millions of dollars, a situation one report says raises ‘legitimate concerns about the sustainability of China’s outbound lending’.

11 Aug 2019 - 9:09PM

From Kenya to Ethiopia, Botswana to Cameroon, belt and road developments have seen write-offs of hundreds of millions of dollars, a situation one report says raises ‘legitimate concerns about the sustainability of China’s outbound lending’.

Lender’s remorse? China finds Africa projects require a growing wave of debt forgiveness
How speaking with one voice could help Africa get a better deal from China

Critics argue that national leaders are taking a short-sighted approach by signing deals that do nothing to deter bad habits.

3 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

Critics argue that national leaders are taking a short-sighted approach by signing deals that do nothing to deter bad habits.

How speaking with one voice could help Africa get a better deal from China
The avocado strategy: how Africa aims to rebalance trade with China

From Ethiopia to Namibia, countries on the continent are trying to expand their focus from natural resources to include value-added products in the drive to narrow their trading gap with the Asian giant.

1 Aug 2019 - 6:14PM

From Ethiopia to Namibia, countries on the continent are trying to expand their focus from natural resources to include value-added products in the drive to narrow their trading gap with the Asian giant.

The avocado strategy: how Africa aims to rebalance trade with China
Are Chinese infrastructure loans putting Africa on the debt-trap express?

Beijing has lent billions of dollars to countries on the continent to build railways, highways and airports but critics say the borrowings are unsustainable.

29 Jul 2019 - 12:08AM

Beijing has lent billions of dollars to countries on the continent to build railways, highways and airports but critics say the borrowings are unsustainable.

Are Chinese infrastructure loans putting Africa on the debt-trap express?
Kenya says it supports Chinese tech giant Huawei regardless of US policy

‘We will pick what is best for us,’ IT Minister Joseph Mucheru says

25 Jul 2019 - 10:32PM

‘We will pick what is best for us,’ IT Minister Joseph Mucheru says

Kenya says it supports Chinese tech giant Huawei regardless of US policy
Kenya’s Chinese-built railway is a hit with travellers, but is this safari line a massive white elephant?

Despite the popularity of the new Nairobi-Mombasa line with travellers, critics fear it has come at a heavy price for the country as a whole.

23 Jul 2019 - 5:57AM

Despite the popularity of the new Nairobi-Mombasa line with travellers, critics fear it has come at a heavy price for the country as a whole.

Kenya’s Chinese-built railway is a hit with travellers, but is this safari line a massive white elephant?
China meets resistance over Kenya coal plant, in test of its African ambitions

Beijing’s efforts to cut emissions domestically coincide with coal-financing ventures overseas that include a power plant in a Kenyan town whose Unesco World Heritage status is at stake.

14 Jul 2019 - 9:48PM

Beijing’s efforts to cut emissions domestically coincide with coal-financing ventures overseas that include a power plant in a Kenyan town whose Unesco World Heritage status is at stake.

China meets resistance over Kenya coal plant, in test of its African ambitions