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In Zimbabwe, An Aborted Quarry Shows Need for Community Consultation

By Deogracias Kalima At the center of Mutare in eastern Zimbabwe rises Dangamvura Mountain. Dividing the city center from its southern suburbs and home to a cemetery for state heroes, it is a revered landmark traditionally considered sacred by local communities. ...

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Accuses China of “Economic Coercion” Abroad, Promises New Measures to Counter Beijing in Asia

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emmanuel, issued fresh accusations against China's international engagement, saying in an interview with the Associated Press that Beijing practices "economic coercion": “From intellectual property theft to coercion to debt dependency that China creates, the idea that ...

After Zambia’s Successful Debt Restructuring, Sri Lankans Hope China Will Also Take the Lead to Help Resolve Their Crisis

Now that Zambia's Creditor Committee reached a landmark debt restructuring deal with its bilateral lenders, there's new optimism that the same will happen in Sri Lanka. The South Asian island state is ...

Angola Set a New Standard For Infrastructure Contracting With the Lobito Corridor Concession (Which China Lost)

Angola's Ministry of Transport is receiving high praise for the way it handled the bidding for the $333 million concession to re-build and operate the colonial-era Lobito Corridor railway that connects the copper and cobalt belts in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...

Hunan Province is Fast Becoming a Major Hub for China-Africa Trade and Logistics

Ethiopian Airlines launched a new cargo route between Addis Ababa and Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan, the latest China-Africa aviation trade link. The first flight took off last week and is expected to ferry some 17,000 metric tons of goods. ...

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 ...

It’s the West’s Fault, Not Russia’s There Are Food Shortages in Africa, According to Chinese State Media

Chinese state media is promoting the narrative that the worsening food crisis in Africa is due to Western sanctions against Russia rather than because Moscow invaded a sovereign country. CGTN published a short clip on Tuesday of an ...

The North-South Split in the World’s China Discourse

The discourse coming out of the U.S. and China around the visit of the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan keeps reminding me of a particular stage direction in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf:  George: Stop braying!