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Metals Dispute Reveals Gulf Between U.S. Companies and Leaders on China

Amid the tensions and sniping surrounding the U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan, it’s revealing how the country’s corporations and officials seem to be pulling in different directions on China.  U.S. officials frame China as Voldemort’s less charming cousin. ...

First Ford, Now Tesla Signs Major EV Battery Deals With Chinese Suppliers

The United States government's long-held goal to weaken China's dominance in the strategically important electric vehicle battery sector suffered another setback on Monday when Tesla announced two multi-year deals to source batteries from two of China's largest suppliers. Tesla signed agreements ...

Nigerian Automotive Magnate Diana Chen Wants to Assemble Cars in the DR Congo

Diana Chen, head of the Nigeria-based automotive group CIG Motors Limited, together with the DR Congo's Minister for Trade Julien Paluku announced a new deal to assemble cars in Kinshasa's Maluku Special Economic Zone. CIG will reportedly build the new ...

The Zhou-Kenyatta Road Show in Kenya

China's ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjian, has spent a lot of time with President Uhuru Kenyatta recently, commissioning one new infrastructure project after another. On Monday, the pair led a ceremony for the grand opening ...

China’s Outspoken Former Ambassador to South Africa Trashes U.S. Policy in Africa Ahead of Blinken Visit

Even though the United States government seems to have gone out of its way to avoid any mention of China related to Secretary of State Antony Blinken's upcoming visit to Africa, Chinese media is nonetheless preemptively going on the attack.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

China’s Increasingly Close Ties With Syria Are Making Israel Very Nervous

China's outgoing ambassador to Syria, Feng Biao, held what appeared to be a rather friendly meeting with President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday providing yet another indication of the increasingly close ties between the two countries -- a trend that's making observers across the border in ...

China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Issues Angry Denunciation of the West and Argues Beijing Should Be Kingdom’s Preferred Partner

Any time a senior U.S. official like the President or the Secretary of State travels to a region where the Chinese have a strong interest, one can expect the publication of a scathing denunciation of the "West" (typically they're mostly referring to the U.S.) accompanied by a ...

What the Redwood Business is Like in Africa – Risky But Worth It

Although the world is aware of the Chinese private sector’s growing influence in African markets, there is rarely any information on Chinese people’s experience being an entrepreneur on the continent.  The Congo Online WeChat Account (微信公众号 刚果在线) - a WeChat channel ...

The Stereotypes Are Untrue – Africans Are Not Lazy, Greedy, or Deceitful

Mainstream Chinese perceptions of Africa and Africans are largely very rudimentary, even crude in some instances. In fact, many of the caricatures that are now widely seen in Chinese media are reminiscent of the blatant racism that was prevalent in 20th-century Western movies and television shows that ...

My Work Experience in Africa

There’s a lot of international media coverage of Chinese mining operations in Africa, but we rarely read about Chinese mining employees’ experiences in the African countries where they spend years living and working. An interesting article was recently published on the ...