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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Bulk of China’s tightened belt and road energy finance goes to Africa

Despite dropping to their lowest level since 2008, Chinese loans to the sector topped US$4.6 billion in 2020.

27 Feb 2021 - 5:00PM

Despite dropping to their lowest level since 2008, Chinese loans to the sector topped US$4.6 billion in 2020.

Bulk of China’s tightened belt and road energy finance goes to Africa
China’s top diplomat holds debt talks with Zambia after appeal for restructure under G20 common framework

Yang Jiechi underscores the long relationship between the two nations and promised Beijing would continue to support Lusaka.

24 Feb 2021 - 10:33AM

Yang Jiechi underscores the long relationship between the two nations and promised Beijing would continue to support Lusaka.

China’s top diplomat holds debt talks with Zambia after appeal for restructure under G20 common framework
China sees chance to woo Uganda as West mulls sanctions for bloody election

Diplomat vows China will fund infrastructure and donate Covid-19 vaccines, after US and EU threaten sanctions for disputed election and human rights violations.

22 Feb 2021 - 8:00PM

Diplomat vows China will fund infrastructure and donate Covid-19 vaccines, after US and EU threaten sanctions for disputed election and human rights violations.

China sees chance to woo Uganda as West mulls sanctions for bloody election
‘Debt-trap diplomacy’ a myth: no evidence China pushes poor nations to seize their assets, says academic

The ‘waiver of sovereign immunity’ clause causing fear and uproar in African nations is not well understood, says US professor.

21 Feb 2021 - 10:28AM

The ‘waiver of sovereign immunity’ clause causing fear and uproar in African nations is not well understood, says US professor.

‘Debt-trap diplomacy’ a myth: no evidence China pushes poor nations to seize their assets, says academic
China welcomes historic WTO appointment of first woman and African as director general

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has ‘full confidence’ of Beijing which expects normal functions of global trade body to resume.

16 Feb 2021 - 11:30PM

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has ‘full confidence’ of Beijing which expects normal functions of global trade body to resume.

China welcomes historic WTO appointment of first woman and African as director general
Coronavirus: how Africa’s traders are making a long-distance relationship work with China

Businesspeople on the continent are pivoting as pandemic restrictions mean it is much more difficult to travel to Chinese manufacturing hubs.

15 Feb 2021 - 6:00AM

Businesspeople on the continent are pivoting as pandemic restrictions mean it is much more difficult to travel to Chinese manufacturing hubs.

Coronavirus: how Africa’s traders are making a long-distance relationship work with China
Can Africa’s first WTO chief help her own continent or avert US-China cold war?

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become director general after US dropped its objection, but analysts argue the body faces a struggle to regain its relevance.

15 Feb 2021 - 11:20PM

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become director general after US dropped its objection, but analysts argue the body faces a struggle to regain its relevance.

Can Africa’s first WTO chief help her own continent or avert US-China cold war?
Covid-19, funding concerns hit China’s belt and road projects

London think tank tracks last year’s progress of flagship Chinese investment plan, finds about 15 ran into trouble.

7 Feb 2021 - 9:15AM

London think tank tracks last year’s progress of flagship Chinese investment plan, finds about 15 ran into trouble.

Covid-19, funding concerns hit China’s belt and road projects
India rivals China in Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy with million doses for South Africa

Chinese supply of inactivated vaccines to India’s rival Pakistan announced on same day jabs arrive in the African country.

3 Feb 2021 - 11:07PM

Chinese supply of inactivated vaccines to India’s rival Pakistan announced on same day jabs arrive in the African country.

India rivals China in Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy with million doses for South Africa
China’s strategy in Africa ‘isn’t always working’, Biden UN nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield tells senators

Nominee for UN ambassador post tried to address Republican concerns over Beijing’s influence on the continent during confirmation hearing.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:16AM

Nominee for UN ambassador post tried to address Republican concerns over Beijing’s influence on the continent during confirmation hearing.

China’s strategy in Africa ‘isn’t always working’, Biden UN nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield tells senators
Eswatini decides not to block Chinese telecoms firms Huawei and ZTE

Eswatini has backed out of its plan to join the US’ anti-China ‘Clean Network’ campaign.

30 Jan 2021 - 6:52AM

Eswatini has backed out of its plan to join the US’ anti-China ‘Clean Network’ campaign.

Eswatini decides not to block Chinese telecoms firms Huawei and ZTE
China’s demand for electric cars drives cobalt prices to highest level in two years

The metal is largely mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chinese companies are investing heavily there.

28 Jan 2021 - 6:00AM

The metal is largely mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chinese companies are investing heavily there.

China’s demand for electric cars drives cobalt prices to highest level in two years
Joe Biden’s US presidency seen as a likely boon for Africa

Analysts anticipate a Biden-led US boosting trade ties and shifting from a stance in which US moves in Africa seemed mainly to counter China.

24 Jan 2021 - 9:02PM

Analysts anticipate a Biden-led US boosting trade ties and shifting from a stance in which US moves in Africa seemed mainly to counter China.

Joe Biden’s US presidency seen as a likely boon for Africa
China, Kenya agree repayment holiday on US$245 million worth of debt

Deal was struck just hours before Nairobi was due to make its first repayment on a US$1.48 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

23 Jan 2021 - 6:00PM

Deal was struck just hours before Nairobi was due to make its first repayment on a US$1.48 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

China, Kenya agree repayment holiday on US$245 million worth of debt
Kenya seeks debt relief from China as railway loan deadline looms

As Nairobi grapples with a pandemic-induced cash crunch, Chinese embassy confirms negotiations are under way to suspend payments.

20 Jan 2021 - 6:30AM

As Nairobi grapples with a pandemic-induced cash crunch, Chinese embassy confirms negotiations are under way to suspend payments.

Kenya seeks debt relief from China as railway loan deadline looms
Lack of detail in Angola’s debt deals with China could hide future risk

Three-year relief package with Exim Bank unlocks more IMF funding but agreements with two other Chinese banks may be less favourable.

18 Jan 2021 - 11:01PM

Three-year relief package with Exim Bank unlocks more IMF funding but agreements with two other Chinese banks may be less favourable.

Lack of detail in Angola’s debt deals with China could hide future risk
China-Africa relations: Beijing’s financial aid leans towards grants, away from cheap loans, white paper shows

Proportion of aid in grant form increases to 47 per cent in 2013-18 from 36 per cent in 2010-12, government report shows.

17 Jan 2021 - 10:13PM

Proportion of aid in grant form increases to 47 per cent in 2013-18 from 36 per cent in 2010-12, government report shows.

China-Africa relations: Beijing’s financial aid leans towards grants, away from cheap loans, white paper shows
South Africa at ‘most devastating’ point as new coronavirus variant spreads

Cases of the faster-spreading variant 501.V2 have put strain on hospitals, President Cyril Ramaphosa says, although progress is being made to secure vaccines.

12 Jan 2021 - 7:00PM

Cases of the faster-spreading variant 501.V2 have put strain on hospitals, President Cyril Ramaphosa says, although progress is being made to secure vaccines.

South Africa at ‘most devastating’ point as new coronavirus variant spreads
China sends Africa a signal that Belt and Road Initiative is still open for business

Beijing was keen to use the trip to signal it is still willing to fund infrastructure projects and rebuild strained relationships.

11 Jan 2021 - 10:48PM

Beijing was keen to use the trip to signal it is still willing to fund infrastructure projects and rebuild strained relationships.

China sends Africa a signal that Belt and Road Initiative is still open for business
China cancels Democratic Republic of Congo loans as it joins belt and road

Beijing writes off US$28 million in matured loans and pledges US$17 million of support in a country where Chinese firms already dominate mining sector.

7 Jan 2021 - 11:17PM

Beijing writes off US$28 million in matured loans and pledges US$17 million of support in a country where Chinese firms already dominate mining sector.

China cancels Democratic Republic of Congo loans as it joins belt and road
Chinese vaccines and more China-funded infrastructure on agenda for Nigeria

Nigeria ‘engaging with China to help with access to vaccines’ as Africa faces task of securing supplies, while China targets more investment in the country.

6 Jan 2021 - 11:25PM

Nigeria ‘engaging with China to help with access to vaccines’ as Africa faces task of securing supplies, while China targets more investment in the country.

Chinese vaccines and more China-funded infrastructure on agenda for Nigeria
China Merchants signs US$350 million deal for Shekou-style revamp of Djibouti port

It’s the latest Chinese investment in tiny, strategically located East African nation.

5 Jan 2021 - 10:18PM

It’s the latest Chinese investment in tiny, strategically located East African nation.

China Merchants signs US$350 million deal for Shekou-style revamp of Djibouti port
China-Africa relations: Chinese foreign minister’s New Year trip still on despite coronavirus

Broken economies, the Belt and Road Initiative and the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines will be discussed during Wang Yi’s five-nation tour.

4 Jan 2021 - 10:48AM

Broken economies, the Belt and Road Initiative and the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines will be discussed during Wang Yi’s five-nation tour.

China-Africa relations: Chinese foreign minister’s New Year trip still on despite coronavirus
China-Mauritius free-trade deal creates model for Beijing’s trade with Africa, observers say

Agreement opens up a market of 1.4 billion consumers to the tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean.

3 Jan 2021 - 6:00AM

Agreement opens up a market of 1.4 billion consumers to the tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean.

China-Mauritius free-trade deal creates model for Beijing’s trade with Africa, observers say
China-Africa relations: Chinese agriculture experts help boost crop yields

Hundreds of specialists are working in Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and elsewhere.

2 Jan 2021 - 10:04PM

Hundreds of specialists are working in Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and elsewhere.

China-Africa relations: Chinese agriculture experts help boost crop yields
Chinese companies are betting heavily on Democratic Republic of Congo’s mines

China Molybdenum cemented its grip on DRC’s mining industry after buying a 95 per cent interest in the Kisanfu copper-cobalt deposit for US$550 million.

27 Dec 2020 - 9:59PM

China Molybdenum cemented its grip on DRC’s mining industry after buying a 95 per cent interest in the Kisanfu copper-cobalt deposit for US$550 million.

Chinese companies are betting heavily on Democratic Republic of Congo’s mines
Coronavirus: China plans cold-chain bridge to ship and distribute vaccines to African nations

Beijing’s ‘donation diplomacy’ seen as an attempt to gain credibility and political capital around the world.

26 Dec 2020 - 10:39PM

Beijing’s ‘donation diplomacy’ seen as an attempt to gain credibility and political capital around the world.

Coronavirus: China plans cold-chain bridge to ship and distribute vaccines to African nations
African railways feel pinch of China’s belt and road funding squeeze

Ambitious rail project from Kenyan coast to landlocked countries in the Great Lakes region stalled.

19 Dec 2020 - 11:11PM

Ambitious rail project from Kenyan coast to landlocked countries in the Great Lakes region stalled.

African railways feel pinch of China’s belt and road funding squeeze
After US retreat, China breaks ground on Africa CDC headquarters project

The US fears being displaced in Africa by China’s apparent move into public health, according to report.

16 Dec 2020 - 3:29PM

The US fears being displaced in Africa by China’s apparent move into public health, according to report.

After US retreat, China breaks ground on Africa CDC headquarters project
China’s top court appoints four Africans to legal team for handling belt and road disputes

Specialists from Uganda, Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt named among 24 members of the Expert Committee of the China International Commercial Court.

14 Dec 2020 - 6:00AM

Specialists from Uganda, Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt named among 24 members of the Expert Committee of the China International Commercial Court.

China’s top court appoints four Africans to legal team for handling belt and road disputes