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Why the Persian Gulf is China’s “New Africa”

Fifteen years ago, Africa supplied a third of China's imported oil and was a key recipient of foreign investment beyond its near abroad in east Asia. Today, a large portion of that energy procurement has shifted to countries in the Persian ...

The China-Shaped Hole in Natural Gas Financing

The role of natural gas in African green transitions has become a flashpoint as Europe tries to maximize its own access to African natural gas while also discouraging African countries from factoring it into their own development plans. New research from Boston University’s Global ...

Chinese State Media Tries to Put a Positive Spin on Trade Ties With Tanzania

The Communist Party-run tabloid Global Times is trying its very best to send a positive message about the state of China's trade with Tanzania. On Tuesday, the newspaper featured an interview with Chinese ambassador Chen Mingjian who touted the recent announcement to remove tariffs on ...

These Charts Explain Why China is Cutting Back on Spending For BRI Projects

There's been a lot of discussion in recent months about the sharp curtailment of Chinese spending for Belt and Road projects. New data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance might provide some insight as to why. ...

Contrary to Public Perception, China is Actually Just a Bit Player in the African Mining Sector

While China is a major player in the DR Congo's mining sector, that is not the case elsewhere on the continent, according to a new report by the African Climate Foundation. In fact, China's share of the continent's ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Google to Partner with Transsion, China’s Phone Giant in Africa

Google announced that it struck a global strategic partnership with Transsion, a Chinese maker of mobile phones beloved across the Global South. Together, the two will target emerging markets like Africa via cooperation on the Android operating system, online advertising, and Google Cloud services.
Transsion’s stock surged by 7.5% after the announcement. The company, famous for its Tecno, Itel, and Infinix phones, is by far the biggest seller in ...

Infographic: Africa’s Shifting Trade Ties From France to China

The German consumer data service Statista published an interesting map on Tuesday that visualizes Africa's two-decade-long transition from relying on imports from France and other European countries (possibly even the U.S.) to China. While the visualization is intriguing, the use of ...