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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China’s trade with Africa grows 2.2 per cent in 2019 to US$208 billion

Chinese imports fall 3.8 per cent to US$95.5 billion, while exports rise 7.9 per cent to US$113.2 billion, China’s General Administration of Customs says

18 Jan 2020 - 10:33PM

Chinese imports fall 3.8 per cent to US$95.5 billion, while exports rise 7.9 per cent to US$113.2 billion, China’s General Administration of Customs says

China’s trade with Africa grows 2.2 per cent in 2019 to US$208 billion
China’s Wang Yi makes detour to praise Kenya after Djibouti claims advantage in quest for UN seat

Djibouti last week hinted it had China’s backing to be the next African non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, upsetting Nairobi.

15 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

Djibouti last week hinted it had China’s backing to be the next African non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, upsetting Nairobi.

China’s Wang Yi makes detour to praise Kenya after Djibouti claims advantage in quest for UN seat
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi backs call to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe

US and EU have placed sanctions on senior Zimbabwean officials and businesses but Wang says they have no basis in international law.

14 Jan 2020 - 1:08PM

US and EU have placed sanctions on senior Zimbabwean officials and businesses but Wang says they have no basis in international law.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi backs call to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe
China’s Uygur policy, human rights defended by Wang Yi during Africa trip, amid latest US call for sanctions

Measures taken in Xinjiang are in line with UN and international anti-terrorism policies, foreign minister says as he hits out at West’s lack of respect for Muslim countries.

11 Jan 2020 - 3:05AM

Measures taken in Xinjiang are in line with UN and international anti-terrorism policies, foreign minister says as he hits out at West’s lack of respect for Muslim countries.

China’s Uygur policy, human rights defended by Wang Yi during Africa trip, amid latest US call for sanctions
China opposes military intervention in Libya as Turkey decides to send in troops

Wang Yi begins Africa tour in Egypt with call for UN to take part in Libya peace process.

9 Jan 2020 - 11:27PM

Wang Yi begins Africa tour in Egypt with call for UN to take part in Libya peace process.

China opposes military intervention in Libya as Turkey decides to send in troops
How Zimbabwe’s new parliament symbolises China’s chequebook diplomacy approach to Africa

China’s Shanghai Construction Group is erecting US$140 million parliamentary complex on top of a hill outside Zimbawbe’s capital, Harare. Behind China’s largesse is a bid to capture the affection and allegiances of African elites, analysts say.

5 Jan 2020 - 7:09PM

China’s Shanghai Construction Group is erecting US$140 million parliamentary complex on top of a hill outside Zimbawbe’s capital, Harare. Behind China’s largesse is a bid to capture the affection and allegiances of African elites, analysts say.

How Zimbabwe’s new parliament symbolises China’s chequebook diplomacy approach to Africa
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi looks to boost ties with Africa on five-nation new year tour

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burundi and Zimbabwe as Beijing prepares to mark 20 years of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

4 Jan 2020 - 11:46PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burundi and Zimbabwe as Beijing prepares to mark 20 years of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi looks to boost ties with Africa on five-nation new year tour
Uganda asks China to buy African agricultural products to cut trade deficit

President Yoweri Museveni tells top diplomat Yang Jiechi trade between African nations is unsustainable.

21 Dec 2019 - 1:26AM

President Yoweri Museveni tells top diplomat Yang Jiechi trade between African nations is unsustainable.

Uganda asks China to buy African agricultural products to cut trade deficit
Railway to nowhere? Kenya launches cargo services on China-funded line

Freight transport gets under way on billion-dollar rail extension from Nairobi to Rift Valley as critics question viability of project.

19 Dec 2019 - 12:39AM

Freight transport gets under way on billion-dollar rail extension from Nairobi to Rift Valley as critics question viability of project.

Railway to nowhere? Kenya launches cargo services on China-funded line
China’s African envoys take Twitter tips from Trump in PR offensive

Capital letters, typographical errors and an angry tone are becoming a common feature of Chinese diplomatic tweets.

15 Dec 2019 - 11:33AM

Capital letters, typographical errors and an angry tone are becoming a common feature of Chinese diplomatic tweets.

China’s African envoys take Twitter tips from Trump in PR offensive
Chinese-built dam projects failing on environmental standards, green group International Rivers warns

International Rivers says companies are falling well short of the mark on impact assessments and community consultation.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:52PM

International Rivers says companies are falling well short of the mark on impact assessments and community consultation.

Chinese-built dam projects failing on environmental standards, green group International Rivers warns
Why Chinese capital is venturing into Africa’s fintech future

Deterred from the United States, China-based VC funds are tapping into the ‘spontaneous development’ breaking out from Nigeria to South Africa.

8 Dec 2019 - 9:10PM

Deterred from the United States, China-based VC funds are tapping into the ‘spontaneous development’ breaking out from Nigeria to South Africa.

Why Chinese capital is venturing into Africa’s fintech future
How China’s demand for donkey skins risks ‘devastating impact’ on poor East African communities

Animals’ skins are used to make traditional medicinal products known as ejiao, but campaigners fear it will fuel a black market in stolen donkeys that will hit poor rural families hardest.

28 Nov 2019 - 5:31AM

Animals’ skins are used to make traditional medicinal products known as ejiao, but campaigners fear it will fuel a black market in stolen donkeys that will hit poor rural families hardest.

How China’s demand for donkey skins risks ‘devastating impact’ on poor East African communities
Zimbabwean minister admits quoting wrong Chinese aid figure in his budget, China’s deputy ambassador says

Chinese embassy is correct, deputy ambassador says after protesting that the budget understated the aid by US$133 million, while Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says the nations are ‘working on a common accounting mechanism’.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:02PM

Chinese embassy is correct, deputy ambassador says after protesting that the budget understated the aid by US$133 million, while Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says the nations are ‘working on a common accounting mechanism’.

Zimbabwean minister admits quoting wrong Chinese aid figure in his budget, China’s deputy ambassador says
China demands explanation as Zimbabwe understates aid figure by US$133 million

Southern African nation asked to give ‘full and convincing’ account after finance minister says funding from China in first nine months of 2019 was just US$3.6 million.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:22PM

Southern African nation asked to give ‘full and convincing’ account after finance minister says funding from China in first nine months of 2019 was just US$3.6 million.

China demands explanation as Zimbabwe understates aid figure by US$133 million
African start-ups get US$1 million boost from Jack Ma’s Netpreneur Prize

First grants awarded from Alibaba founder’s US$10 million decade-long fund to identify Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

18 Nov 2019 - 4:46AM

First grants awarded from Alibaba founder’s US$10 million decade-long fund to identify Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs.

African start-ups get US$1 million boost from Jack Ma’s Netpreneur Prize
Ghana goes ahead with US$2 billion Chinese bauxite barter deal that has conservationists up in arms

Beijing will supply infrastructure funds, grants and debt forgiveness, while ore will be mined close to source of rivers that provide water for five million people.

17 Nov 2019 - 8:27AM

Beijing will supply infrastructure funds, grants and debt forgiveness, while ore will be mined close to source of rivers that provide water for five million people.

Ghana goes ahead with US$2 billion Chinese bauxite barter deal that has conservationists up in arms
Will China ever tire of Zimbabwe’s corruption and bad debt?

Nations have dismissed claims Beijing has pulled the plug on US$1.3 billion of funding for infrastructure projects, but the lack of return on previous investments are putting a strain on relations, observers say.

11 Nov 2019 - 9:48AM

Nations have dismissed claims Beijing has pulled the plug on US$1.3 billion of funding for infrastructure projects, but the lack of return on previous investments are putting a strain on relations, observers say.

Will China ever tire of Zimbabwe’s corruption and bad debt?
Chinese firms hit bribery and tax evasion troubles amid African corruption crackdowns

Series of cases in countries including Kenya and Uganda involve Chinese entities or directors, but unlike some other countries Beijing has no law on corrupt practices abroad by companies or citizens.

4 Nov 2019 - 10:44PM

Series of cases in countries including Kenya and Uganda involve Chinese entities or directors, but unlike some other countries Beijing has no law on corrupt practices abroad by companies or citizens.

Chinese firms hit bribery and tax evasion troubles amid African corruption crackdowns
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