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Apple’s Use of India to Limit its Exposure to China Is Part of a Broader Trend 

The relocation of a portion of Apple’s iPhone 14 manufacturing from China to India is reportedly going surprisingly smoothly, getting underway weeks ahead of schedule. The move is an example of a wider manufacturing strategy by global brands. Apple ...

New Chinese-built Vaccine Cold Storage Facility Completed in Egypt on Same Day as Cairo Receives 60 Million Sinovac Jabs

Egypt's ambition to become an African vaccine manufacturing and distribution hub is now closer to becoming a reality following Saturday's completion of a new Chinese-built cold storage facility. The new complex, located in 6 October City on the outskirts of Cairo, was built by ...

Vietnam Wins as Apple Moves More Production Out of China 

Apple is in talks to make Apple Watches and MacBooks in Vietnam for the first time, marking a further win for the Southeast Asian country as the U.S. tech giant looks to diversify production away from China. Earlier this year Apple ...

Chinese COVID Vaccine Deliveries Around the World Have Essentially Stopped

China's once enormous global COVID vaccine distribution drive has effectively come to a halt this year, according to new data published by the public health consultancy Bridge Consulting in Beijing. It's not clear what prompted the sharp dropoff in vaccine deliveries, but it could ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Sinotruck to Open New Assembly Plant in Tanzania

Chinese state-owned heavy vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck announced this week that it plans an assembly plant in Tanzania. Sinotruck’s investment in the plant comes to $20 million and will create 500 jobs. One additional benefit from the new plant, and others ...

The Tsingshan Nickel Crisis Couldn’t Have Come at Worse Time for Zimbabwe

News that Chinese steel and mining giant Tsingshan Holdings Group now faces a staggering $8 billion trading loss over short sales of nickel is no doubt prompting considerable anxiety among policymakers in Zimbabwe. Just this week, Tsingshan's local subsidiary in Zimbabwe, ...

Ummm… Errr…. Sorry, Apple Can’t Produce iPhones in Africa

The suggestion by a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm that "there is no reason why Apple cannot produce iPhones in Africa instead of China" is the latest evidence of just how delusional the discourse in the U.S. capital is today.

New Research Aims to Debunk Misperceptions About Chinese Investment in Ethiopia

One of the common misperceptions about Chinese investment in Africa is there's no difference between state-owned and private companies. In many instances, they're referred to simply as "Chinese" companies without understanding that there are actually substantial differences among the various corporate actors that are now active in ...

Egypt is Now the Main Hub for Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa and the Middle East

While Europeans and Americans are now ramping up their efforts to develop COVID-19 manufacturing facilities in Africa, a Chinese joint venture in Egypt is already well underway where it's becoming a vital hub in Beijing's vaccine diplomacy in both Africa and the Middle East.  ...
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