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Chinese Companies Far Outstrip U.S. Competitors in World Bank Contracts: Study

Chinese companies won about one-third of World Bank contracts over the last ten years, more than ten times the dollar amount awarded to U.S. companies. This is one of the findings of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study requested by a group ...

Sudan Crisis is Adding to China’s Debt Woes in Africa

As the civil war in Sudan threatens to turn into a regional conflict, it could take a significant chunk of Chinese financing with it. At least $5 billion worth of Chinese loans to Sudan are now in danger as hundreds of thousands ...

South Africa Urges Caution on BRICS Currency as Global Yuan Use Creeps Up

The BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) will discuss the feasibility of a joint currency at an upcoming summit in Johannesburg in August. Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that scheduling the discussion was prompted by calls from member states to move away ...

Pakistani Protestors Burn Historical Chinese Fighter Jet Monument

A Pakistani crowd protesting the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on corruption charges set fire to a monument celebrating China-Pakistan military cooperation. The monument is a reproduction of the Shenyang F-6 aircraft, a Chinese-made replica of the Soviet MiG-21, ...

Zimbabwe Pushing Chinese Steel Giant’s Plans to Exclusively Import Electricity From Mozambique

Chinese giant Tsingshang’s Zimbabwe subsidiary, Dinson Iron and Steel Company (Disco), will start importing electricity from Mozambique’s Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric power project once complete. This follows a plan, supported by the Zimbabwean government, to have Disco exclusively import power for the ...

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 ...

TRANSLATION: In Africa, the Chinese Are Scapegoats

The following is a translation of a post by popular Africa-based WeChat content creator Nie Shaorui 聂少锐. The original post can be read in Chinese on his WeChat page at 小聂说事儿. This article has been edited lightly for clarity. When ...