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What’s at Stake for China in Chad Following the Unexpected Death of President Idriss Deby?

News that Mahamat Kaka, son of late Chadian President Idriss Deby who was killed on Monday in fighting near the Libyan border, has been named interim leader will likely be well received at the headquarters of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Beijing. ...

China’s Top Economic Planning Agency Issued a Report About the BRI That Policymakers in Africa and Elsewhere in the Global South Should Read Carefully

The National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC), China's top economic planning agency, published a new report on Tuesday, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, that detailed some of the key challenges confronting Beijing's new 5-year plan, with a particular focus on infrastructure development ...

Egypt is All-In on Chinese Vaccines With 20 Million New Jabs on the Way And a New Production Deal Set to Start

The Egyptian government is placing a massive bet that Chinese vaccines will open a path out of the pandemic. The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced a deal to purchase an additional 20 million doses from Sinopharm with the first shipments expected to arrive later this ...

How Does Sinovac’s Efficacy Rate Compare to Other COVID-19 Vaccines?

For the past two weeks, we've been discussing the efficacy rates of Chinese vaccines compared to those from other countries and a number of readers have asked for comparative data to measure how jabs from the likes of Sinovac perform against AstraZeneca's in particular.

Demand for EV Battery Materials is Surging Putting Renewed Focus on Where These Strategic Resources Come From and China’s Role in Processing Them

With new electric-powered sports cars like Ford's Mach-E and Audi's e-tron Quattro selling well, demand is surging for the strategic minerals and metals that are used to make the batteries in those vehicles. Sales of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

The Road to a Clean Energy Future Runs Through the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The former President of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, wrote an impassioned appeal for the world to recognize the important contribution that the DRC will make to the world as it moves into the post-carbon era, largely from the use of DRC-mined ...