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U.S. Fails to Persuade China to Pressure Iran Over Houthi Red Sea Attacks

U.S. officials are expressing disappointment that China appears to be rebuffing Washington's request for Beijing to put additional pressure on the Iranian government to rein in Tehran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen that are attacking Western cargo ships in the Red Sea.

Israeli Expert Ponders What Israel-China Relations Will Look Like After the War

Hamas' attack on civilians in southern Israel on October 7th last year derailed the Jewish State's relationship with China. Last fall, before the incident, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was preparing to visit Beijing for a meeting with President Xi Jinping, which ...

China’s Total Global Trade Fell Last Year Except With Africa, Australia

The value of China's total global trade dipped 5% in 2023 compared to the previous years to $5.93 trillion dollars, according to figures released by the General Administration of Customs (GAC). Every January, the GAC releases these preliminary figures that are ...

China’s Top Africa Diplomat Arrives in Nigeria Days After Blinken Visit

China's most senior diplomat for African affairs, Wu Peng, arrived in Abuja on Friday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Nigerian capital. Wu is currently on a tour of the continent that also includes stops in 

Chinese EV Giant BYD Launches in Rwanda

BYD, the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, is continuing its expansion in Africa when it launches soon in Rwanda. The company made the announcement on X last week but did not provide specific details as to when sales will begin and ...

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 ...