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Zhejiang Province Shutters Factories Due to COVID-19, Raising Concerns About the DRC-to-China Cobalt Supply Chain

The global cobalt supply chain is bracing for the impact from the closure of three of China's largest processing factories in eastern Zhejiang province in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.  Provincial authorities shuttered more than a dozen massive factories in ...

Hundreds of Truckers Create Informal Nomad Villages While Waiting for Cargo from Chinese Copper Mines in the DRC

Somidez, the Congolese mining unit of the Chinese mining giant China Nonferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC), posted a series of fascinating photos that show the vibrant impromptu communities that form among truckers from across Africa as they wait for days in line to pick up their hauls of ...

Chinese Stakeholders in Uganda Really Want to Change the Conversation About the Entebbe Airport

Both the Chinese embassy in Kampala and the Chinese contractor responsible for upgrading the Entebbe International Airport have been working hard this week to move the conversation away from the debt trap story that dominated the headlines over the past three weeks.

Report: China to Provide Enough Vaccines For All Unvaccinated Soldiers in the South African Military

The Chinese government is purportedly donating 300,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to cover any remaining members of the force who aren't fully vaccinated. But the use of Sinovac vaccines in South Africa ...

China Will Have to Pick Up the Pace If It Wants to Achieve Its Billion-Vaccine Pledge in Africa

Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa remain among the smallest and slowest of any region in the world, particularly compared to distribution in the Asia-Pacific region where almost a billion doses have already been delivered. So far, just 113 million doses have been sent to Africa, according to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

China’s Latest Donation to Tanzania Highlights an Important Diplomatic Trend in Africa

China's ambassador to Tanzania, Chen Mingjian, participated in a signing ceremony on Monday with Foreign Minister Joseph Sokoine to mark the donation of 2 million RMB or $314,000 to the Tanzanian foreign ministry. The donation itself is unremarkable and, ...

Two-Day China-Africa Innovation Conference Wraps Up in Wuhan

Representatives from nearly two dozen African countries participated in a two-day China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Conference that concluded on Monday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Some 15 joint technology and science initiatives were signed at the event. ...