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Why Many Indonesians Think Jokowi Fumbled Chinese High-Speed Rail Diplomacy, Even As It Nears Completion

The China-backed high-speed train that runs from Jakarta to Bandung, two main cities in Indonesia, is nearing completion, and is slated to begin serving the public in August this year. But after about a decade of planning and construction, the excitement just isn’t there. Not anymore.

Turns Out, There Are Grievances on Both Sides of the China-DR Congo Relationship

Ahead of President Tshisekedi's arrival in Beijing on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Qin Gang met his Congolese counterpart Christophe Lutundula yesterday. Beyond the formalities and diplomatic courtesies reaffirming the strength of relations between the two countries, Qin made a comment that may ...

Geraud Neema on What DR Congo President Tshisekedi Hopes to Achieve During His Four-Day Visit to China

BBC WORLD SERVICE: The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, is scheduled to start a five-day visit to China today. It's his first official visit to Beijing. And among other things, the president wants to formally overhaul a $6 billion deal called the Sicomines ...

Difficult Conversations Underway in Beijing About China’s Mining Interests in the DR Congo

Even before DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, his ministers fanned across the Chinese capital earlier this week to lay the groundwork for what are going to be delicate negotiations over a pair of large, yet very contentious Chinese mining projects in the DRC. ...

Chinese Media is Surprisingly Quiet Over DRC President’s State Visit to Beijing

Congolese ministers have been in Beijing all week preparing for Wednesday's arrival of President Félix Tshisekedi. Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula met with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang on Monday and Mining Minister N'samba Kalambayi held talks with both corporate and government stakeholders the following day. ...

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 ...

The Chinese EV That Comes With a Uniquely South African Feature: Load Shedding Back Up

Chinese EV major BYD will launch its new compact electric crossover next month in South Africa. The BYD Atto 3 is a pretty standard EV with a range of about 420km. While car buyers in other countries might fret over the ...

Mix of Gratitude and Fear in Ghana Over China’s Role in the Country’s Ongoing Debt Crisis

Joy News, one of Ghana's largest media companies, published a pair of stories this week that revealed the complex emotions many in the West African country have about China's role in the ongoing debt crisis. On the positive side, the Ghanaian ...

South Africa’s Crumbling Railways Are Becoming a Threat to Global Supply Chains

Traffic on South Africa's main railway line that connects the country's urban hubs of Johannesburg and Pretoria with Africa's largest port in Durban operated at just 25% capacity last week -- hobbled by rampant theft, vandalism and damage. The 688-kilometer rail ...