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The Growing Demand for Chinese Second-Hand Clothing in Africa

Every year, Chinese consumers discard 26 million tons of used clothing. Much of it goes into landfills, some is incinerated and others are finding their way into developing markets like Africa, where shirts emblazoned with Chinese characters are apparently becoming more fashionable.

Time is Running Out to Jump Out of the Fire

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s massive new report makes for scary reading. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called it a ‘code red for humanity’ and that’s probably understating the level of danger. It’s increasingly clear that staving off global disaster ...

Chinese Rail Operator to Kenya Railways: Settle Your Debts First and Then We’ll Hand Over Control of the SGR

Afristar, a subsidiary of the state-run China Road and Bridge Corporation, informed Kenya Railways that if it wants the May 2022 handover of the Mombasa to Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway to be completed on time, it'll first have to pay off its debts, according ...

A Lot of Kenyans May Want to Ban Imported Fish From China, But That Just Can’t Happen For Now

The recent proposal in Kenya's National Assembly to ban imported fish from China has sparked a lively discussion about how to simultaneously enhance the country's food security while bolstering the livelihoods of Kenya's embattled fishing communities. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya ...

MENA Countries Are Receiving the Bulk of Chinese Vaccines in Africa

Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa increased by 5 million doses over the past week to 50.8 million jabs, according to the latest data from Beijing-based health consultancy Bridge Consulting's Chinese Vaccine Tracker report. But the distribution of those ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine Coastguard Removes Chinese South China Sea Barrier

The Philippine coastguard successfully removed a 300-meter floating barrier placed by the Chinese coastguard to bar access to the South China Sea’s Scarborough Shoal.
This follows an outcry in Manila during the weekend when images emerged of the barrier and Chinese coastguard patrols being used to keep Philippine fishing vessels out. 

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