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Pressure From the Government & IMF Mounting on Chinese Mining Companies in the DRC

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi is again turning up the pressure on Chinese mining companies with his drive to re-evaluate mining contracts that were negotiated under his predecessor's tenure. During a Council of Ministers meeting on Friday, ...

Hichilema Calls For Mining Policy Review But Stays Mum on the Chinese

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema (photo) called for a review of the country's mining policies on Friday in his first address to parliament since he assumed office last month. But for now, he's not proposing a Congolese-style review of foreign ...

One of Those “Only in Djibouti” Days

Djibouti's Chief of the General Staff of the Armies, Lieutenant General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim (photo), had a very busy day last Thursday hosting senior naval commanders from both China and the United States for a series of meetings that can only happen in the strategically located country on ...

China-DR Congo Trade Up 97% Compared to Last Year

TWEET TRANSLATION: China-DRC trade totaled $7.76 billion in the first seven months of the year, up 97% year-on-year, and the Congolese side recorded a trade surplus of $4.75 billion. During this period, Chinese companies invested $198 million in the DR Congo.

Hunan Province’s Trade With BRI Countries Jumps 20%

Hunan province is now among the key hubs in China for African trade and increasingly it appears to be positioning itself as a larger BRI trading center. Hunan trade with BRI countries is up 20% year-on-year to $16.5 billion in the January-August period.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Chinese Propaganda Recruits CCP Allies in Kenya’s Ruling Party To Denounce U.S. Claims on COVID Origin

The Chinese Communist Party is turning to its friends in Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party to denounce the U.S.-led accusation that the COVID-19 virus originally leaked from a lab in Wuhan China. Last week, CCTV featured an interview with Jubilee's Secretary-General Raphael Tuju who blasted 

China’s Ambassador to Uganda Wants to Show a Different Side of Chinese Labor Relations in Africa

China's recently-arrived ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, travelled to the central city of Kapeeka on Sunday to visit factories in the Liaoshen Industrial Park in what appears to be an effort, in part, to convey an alternative narrative to the one that's become popular ...

China and the High Stakes Showdown in the DR Congo

Chinese mining bosses for years played the game as everyone else in the DR Congo. Money pretty much solved every problem. Need a permit? Pay some money. Get in trouble with the law? Pay some money. Under-counting cobalt reserves? Pay some money.

China-Global South Update: Wang Yi Brings Millions in Aid and Vaccines on Four-Nation Asia Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a four-nation week-long tour of Southeast Asia on Friday to bolster ties in critical ASEAN states. He will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore, and will end the trip in South Korea. On the first ...