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India Sanctions Chinese Steel Imports, Further Straining Already Frayed Ties

Already strained Sino-Indian ties suffered another setback this week after New Delhi imposed tariffs on some Chinese steel imports as part of an effort to crack down on what it claimed was predatory pricing. The new five-year duties are specifically targeted ...

Saudi Arabia to Boost Oil Sales to China Next Year

Saudi Arabia is preparing to increase oil shipments to China in 2024 to meet growing demand from a crop of new refineries that will come online next year, according to S&P Global Commodity Insights. While Russian sales are expected to remain strong ...

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Arrived in Beijing on a High-Speed Train

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Beijing on Tuesday in a rather unusual manner for a visiting head of state. Rather than fly into Beijing's sprawling Capital Airport on the outskirts of the city, Maduro traveled aboard one of China's newest and ...

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema Does the Rounds of Shenzhen’s Tech Giants

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema devoted the third day of his week-long China tour to visiting some of the country's largest tech companies headquartered in the southern megacity of Shenzhen. The president visited the headquarters of internet giant Tencent, automaker BYD and ...

Forget About Everything Else, Hichilema’s in China to Resolve Zambia’s Still Unfinished Debt Restructuring Deal

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema is spending much of this week visiting Chinese business hubs in Shenzhen and Shanghai, but the real focus of this trip will be dealt with later in Beijing, where he will tackle the sensitive issue of debt. ...

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 ...

Two Weeks After the Coup, It’s Business as Usual For Gabon’s Chinese Community

Other than a 6 p.m. curfew every night, daily life for most of the 3,000 Chinese expatriates in Gabon hasn't changed much since the military overthrew the government of longtime dictator Ali Bongo on August 30. A media worker for the ...

New “Chinese Savior” Medical Drama Set in Africa Now Streaming

A new big-budget Chinese medical drama set in a fictitious African country was released this week on major Chinese streaming platforms, the latest installment in the burgeoning genre of "Chinese savior" narratives. "Welcome to Milele Village" is a series that focuses ...

Remember Those Exploitative African “Blessing Videos” on Chinese Social Media? They’re Back. This Time in the West.

It was once very easy for Chinese social media users to spend between $15 and $40 to get a bare-chested man, a scantily clad woman or even a child to do demeaning performances in short videos that were often highly exploitative.