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China’s Enhances Its Dominant Role in the Congolese Mining Sector With Massive New $2.5 Billion Investment

The state-owned China Molybdenum Co (aka China Moly) recently announced a massive new $2.5 billion investment in its Tenke Fungurume mine (TFM) in southeastern DR Congo that aims to double its copper and cobalt output, critical raw materials used to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. ...

China’s Control of Strategic Resources in Places Like the DRC is Becoming a Right-Wing Media Meme in the U.S.

Conservative media outlets in the United States are using China's dominance in key strategic resource markets, particularly materials used to manufacture EV batteries, as a new vector in their partisan battle against efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Former Trump administration official ...

The DRC is Now a Major Focal Point in China’s Trade With Africa

Last week's announcement by China Moly that it will invest $2.5 billion to expand its mining operations in the DR Congo highlights the growing importance of the DRC to China's broader trade agenda in Africa. While the bulk of Africa's exports ...

Automakers Keen to Reduce Reliance on Cobalt-Powered EV Batteries

Rumors are buzzing within the Chinese auto industry that Tesla is trying for the first time to produce a car without a cobalt-powered battery. Tesla is reportedly considering the use of Chinese EV giant BYD's LFP (Lithium iron phosphate) Blade battery. ...

Mounting Anger in the DRC Following New Videos of Apparent Illegal Chinese Mining

For the past several weeks, there's been a noticeable increase in the number of videos and photos published on Congolese social media channels fuelling mounting public anger over Chinese labor and environmental practices in the mining sector. Two videos, in particular, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

President Edgar Lungu Commissions New Chinese-Built Airport As Part of a Last-Minute Campaign Push

Zambian President Edgar Lungu, currently in the final leg of a bitterly contested election campaign, did what politicians love best: cutting a ribbon to inaugurate new infrastructure. The President last week landed at the brand new Chinese-financed and built ...

Kenya Fisheries Minister: No Ban on Chinese Fish Imports

For the second time in three years, Kenya has walked back a threat to ban fish imported from China. Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya (photo) said late last week that Nairobi would not move forward with a proposed bill in the National Assembly that sought to restrict ...

Rwandan Trade Industry Leaders Urges Businesses To Look Beyond China To Source Imports

Severe shipping disruptions brought on the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in much higher import costs in Rwanda, especially from China, prompting one industry official to urge businesses to find alternate suppliers. The 10% increase in Chinese imported goods is brought on ...

Africa’s Largest Bank Is Positioning Itself as a Turn-Key China-Africa Trade Agent

Standard Bank's Zambian unit wants farmers to know they're a one-stop-shop to import equipment and other agricultural materials from China. Stanbic Bank Zambia, more than almost any other major financial institution on the continent, is working to position ...