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Xi, Hichilema Speak Amid New Allegations China’s “Rookie Status” is Slowing Zambia’s Debt Restructuring Process

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema raised the sensitive issue of his country's burgeoning debt crisis during a phone call on Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Hichilema, according to a statement on his official Facebook page, ...

Biden and Ardern Are Both Unhappy About the Solomon Islands’ Security Pact With China

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and U.S. President Joe Biden expressed their shared concern for China's ambitions to expand its influence in the South Pacific. Prime Minister Ardern met with the President at ...

Unsurprisingly, China Not Happy With Western Media Coverage of Wang Yi’s Pacific Tour

China's state-run media responded angrily to the characterization by international media that Foreign Minister Wang Yi's ongoing South Pacific tour encountered a snag after the coalition of 10-Pacific Islander Countries refused to endorse a Chinese development proposal that also included security provisions.

Another Prominent Chinese Scholar Explains Why Beijing Shouldn’t be That Concerned About IPEF

It's been one week since the United States unveiled its new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agenda that is ostensibly intended to build and foster deeper U.S. economic engagement in Asia but is widely seen as Washington's latest effort to confront China's dominance in the region. ...

Chinese EV Giant BYD Looks for Lithium in Africa and Expands Dealer Network in Brazil

Two big stories this week about the Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD: BATTERIES: Rather than buy lithium, a key ingredient in EV batteries, on the open market and face steadily rising prices, the company instead will buy six of its own mines ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...