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U.S. Tries Again to Secure China-Free Critical Resources Supply From the DR Congo

For the second time in two years, the United States signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a bid to secure reliable supplies of critical resources free of any Chinese entanglements. The U.S. on Monday announced it ...

U.S. Mining Start-Up Makes Huge Copper Discovery in Zambia

A California-based mining start-up, KoBold Metals, announced that it had discovered Zambia's largest copper deposit in a century. KoBold president Josh Goldman said on Monday the company's Mingomba mine in northern Zambia is poised to become one of the world's top ...

Trade Numbers Reveal Africa-China Sticking Points

New Africa-China trade figures released by China’s General Administration of Customs reveal a low-energy trade relationship hemmed in by structural constraints. The Chinese authorities tried to put a happy face on it by emphasizing the 1.5% increase in trade (to a total ...

New Investment Data Shows Belt and Road Initiative Is Rebounding

Chinese investment in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects rose to its highest level since 2018. A new report  by Fudan University in China and Griffith University in Australia shows that investment has jumped by 80% since last year. The ...

China Launches Egypt’s Newest Satellite Into Orbit

Egypt's NextSat-1 satellite blasted into space from a seaborne launch pad off the coast of Yangjiang in China's southern Guangdong province on Saturday. The small, microsatellite weighs only 67kgs and was shot into orbit on the back of a Jielong-3 (Smart Dragon-3) ...

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 ...

What Do Namibian Giraffes Have To Do With the Chinese Economy? Ask Weibo

A post by the U.S. embassy in China about the use of GPS to boost giraffe conservation in Namibia became the unlikely location for a collective freakout about the Chinese economy. By Monday, the post received about 166,000 comments, many bemoaning ...