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Major Setback For Chinese Mining Interests in Guinea as Junta Suspends Simandou Iron Ore Project

China's long-term ambition to reduce its dependence on Australian iron ore suffered a major setback late last week when Guinea's ruling junta ordered the immediate suspension of all activities at the massive Simandou mine. Interim President Mamady ...

While Guinea’s Iron Ore Sales to China Stall, Bauxite Shipments Continue Apace

New shipments of Guinean bauxite arrived in China's northeastern rustbelt zone of Shandong province last week, helping to ease supply constraints of the essential ingredient used to manufacture aluminum.  Guinea has emerged as a vital supplier to China ...

New Chinese-Built Internet Cable Lands in Seychelles

The Chinese-built Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) sub-sea internet cable has now been extended to the African island nation of Seychelles. President Wavel Ramkalawan (photo) and Ambassador Guo Wei led a ceremony last week to mark the cable's landing in the Indian ...

South Africa’s Standard Bank Wants to Exit a Once-Legendary Joint Venture with Chinese Mega-Bank ICBC

Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s major banks, is looking to exit a joint venture with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC.) The joint venture, the London-based ICBC Standard Bank Plc (ICBCS), long represented the largest Chinese investment on the continent.

As Russia Distracts the U.S., China’s Middle East Ties are Booming

As U.S. and EU foreign policy increasingly disengages from the Middle East to focus on the crisis in Eastern Europe, China is building stronger relations with the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC.) In 2020, China replaced the EU as the biggest trading partner of the GCC (made ...

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 ...

Ghana Government Under Growing Pressure on Illegal Fishing

The European Union is putting pressure on Ghana to tackle illegal fishing in its waters, threatening its access to the lucrative European seafood market. In 2021, the EU issued a so-called yellow card, saying that if Ghana doesn’t improve fisheries management, it could face seafood-related sanctions.

Kenya Must Boost Fishing Industry to Lessen Impact of Chinese Imports: Principal Secretary

Macharia Kamau, Kenya’s Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the country’s former delegate to the UN, says the solution to Chinese imports flooding Kenya’s fish market isn’t to stop imports. Rather, he urged the East African country to move more aggressively into sea fishing. ...

Chinese Tastes Shaping South African Wine-Making

South African winemakers are increasingly tailoring their products to the tastes of the Chinese market. South Africa’s share of China’s wine market was less than 1% in 2019. However, it’s grown rapidly, thanks to China’s massive tariffs on Australian wine. Before the trade war, Australia accounted ...