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Angolan Police Arrest 8 in Raid on Chinese-run Bitcoin Mining Operation

Eight Chinese nationals were arrested and servers and other equipment were seized by Angolan authorities during a raid on a Chinese-led illegal bitcoin mining operation hidden in a brick factory in Kwanza Norte Province. (AFRICAN OVERSEAS CHINESE NEWS - in Chinese)

China-Argentina Call Reveals Closer Ties

China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang held a phone conversation with his Argentine counterpart Santiago Cafiero, the newest sign of the two countries’ increasing closeness. Argentina is a champion of closer cooperation between China and Latin America and plans to ...

Scholz Looks to South America to Reduce Germany’s Dependence on Chinese Critical Resources

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has spent the past few days crisscrossing South America in a bid to find alternative sources of critical minerals, notably lithium, that his country's powerful auto industry now relies predominantly on China to supply.  Over the weekend, ...

Africa’s Largest Mining Conference Set Against Backdrop of Rising Competition Between China and the West

Attendees at next week's Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Africa's largest mining conference that gets underway on Monday, say they're expecting a new sense of urgency from U.S. and European stakeholders who are keen to find ways of breaking China's grip on critical resources like cobalt and ...

U.S. Bid to Challenge China’s Dominance of the Battery Metal Supply Chain in Africa Faces Two Key Hurdles

Widely perceived as a major and concrete U.S. move to counter China in the supply chain of critical minerals in Africa, the U.S.-DR Congo-Zambia MoU signed last December in Washington, D.C., will confront significant challenges, mainly for the DRC and Zambia.  Both ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Top State Department Official Says China’s Debt Relief Offer to Sri Lanka is “Not Enough”

Another senior U.S. diplomat has accused China of not doing enough to resolve Sri Lanka’s debt renegotiation, a sign that the island’s financial crisis is increasingly being framed geopolitically.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said: “What China has offered so far is not enough. We need to see credible and specific assurances that they will meet the IMF standard of debt relief.”

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China’s Ambassador to the DR Congo to Leave

Chinese ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo stopped by the Defense Ministry in Kinshasa this week to say goodbye to Minister Gilbert Kabanda.  Zhu also left a parting gift of $27 million of security assistance ...

Is the DRC Making Progress in Reshaping Its Controversial Chinese Deals? Maybe.

The Democratic Republic of Congo could be closer to overhauling two controversial Chinese deals. Finance Minister Nicolas Kazadi told Reuters the government is in active talks with Sicomines, a joint venture between the DRC’s state mining company Gécamines, and Sinohydro and China Railway Group, who ...

China, Like the U.S., Wants to Onshore More of Its Critical Resource Mining

China appears to share many of the concerns over the security of its supply chains for critical minerals that now dominate conversations in North American, European and some Asian capitals. Wang Guanghua, China's minister for natural resources, explained ...

China-Global South in 2023: Our Views on What to Expect

Eric Olander, Editor in Chief China's efforts to build a parallel international order are going to accelerate in 2023. Led by a new foreign policy team that will assume office in March, Xi Jinping's new Global Development Initiative will take shape, ...

Can Zimbabwe Emulate Indonesia’s Tough Approach to Chinese Miners?

The Chinese mining company Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt is chafing under pressure from the Zimbabwean government to convert its lithium mining operation in the country into a plant producing battery-grade lithium within five years. The company at present, only 
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