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China Calls for Calm in the Red Sea as Oil, Shipping Prices Steadily Edge Higher

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a new appeal for calm in the Red Sea on Tuesday but made no mention of reports as to whether or not Beijing spoke with officials in Iran to rein in Houthi militants attacking cargo ships. ...

A Chinese Perspective on the Proposed U.S.-Backed Lobito Corridor in Angola

Angolan President João Lourenço is scheduled to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, at the White House on Thursday, where the two are expected to discuss moving forward with the development of the Lobito Corridor. The U.S. and the European ...

Angolan President to Visit Washington This Week For Lobito Corridor Talks

Angola’s President João Lourenço will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday during an official visit to Washington. According to a White House statement, they will focus on the next steps in a joint logistics corridor linking the Angolan port ...

Zambia, DRC to Build New Road to Expedite Copper/Cobalt Exports Via Tanzania

Zambia's Hakainde Hichilema and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Félix Tshisekedi laid the foundation stone for a new 345-meter bridge over the Luapula River that divides their two countries as part of an ambitious new road project that will make it a lot easier to transport copper ...

New Half-Billion Dollar Deal Aims to Position Angola’s Lobito Corridor as Main Gateway for Africa’s Critical Resources

The competition for access to critical metals used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries intensified with the announcement that Trafigura, a Singaporean-based commodity trading giant, is going to lead a consortium of European companies to rebuild a rail line poised to become one of Africa's most important logistics corridors. ...

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 ...

South Africa’s Decrepit Railway Infrastructure is Slowing Iron Ore Shipments to China

More than a million tons of South African iron ore is blocked from leaving the country, mostly bound for China, due to SA's failing railway infrastructure. The local unit of British-South African mining giant Anglo American, Kumba Iron ...

New Copper/Cobalt Trade Corridors Take Shape to Serve as Alternative to South Africa

Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola will set up an agency to manage a logistics corridor linking them to Angola’s Lobito port. The move comes as South Africa's Durban port has faced repeated delays.

Hunan Province Launches New China-Africa Digital Services Hub

China’s Hunan province has set up a digital logistics hub supporting Chinese companies’ trade with Africa. It’s focused on cross-border communications support and data-sharing between Chinese companies working in Africa.  WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Hunan is ...

Chinese Contractor Completes 105km Railway Upgrade in Namibia

China Gezhouba Group Corp (CGGC) finished a 107.5km upgrade of a rail line between the Namibian harbor Walvis Bay and the central logistics hub of Arandis on time, despite materials shortages and COVID-related delays. The upgrade doubles transport speeds on the line. ...

China-Linked Group Will Run Angolan Transport Corridor

The Angolan government has signed a $450 million agreement with the Portuguese infrastructure group Mota-Engil to run rail and logistics in the Lobito Transport Corridor, which connects Lobito Port to the mining zone in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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