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U.S. Builds Mineral Coalition to Displace China

The United States hopes to use its rich allies to channel investment to resource-rich countries in order to cut China out of mineral supply chains. The U.S.-led Minerals Security Partnership, which also includes Japan, the EU and others, held a ministerial meeting ...

Ghana’s Embassy in China Says It Had Nothing to Do With Aisha Huang’s Return

The Ghanaian government's efforts to distance itself from the exploding controversy over the re-arrest of illegal mining kingpin Aisha Huang (aka "the Galamsey Queen") has now reached the embassy in Beijing, where Ambassador Winfred Nii Okai Hammond said his mission did not issue her visa. ...

Ghanaian Government Steps Up Illegal Mining Crackdown in the Wake of Aisha Huang Arrest

Ghanaian security forces arrested 164 people last week in a new crackdown on the illegal small-scale gold mining known as "galamsey." Many of those detained are foreigners, mostly from West African countries but none from China. The government's renewed ...

Week in Review: Illegal Mining in Ghana, U.S. Disillusionment in the DRC & #ChinaAfricaSpaceTalk

Aisha Huang, aka the "Galamsey Queen," surprised everyone when she was arrested again for illegal mining in Ghana. What does her arrest say about the government's efforts to combat illicit Chinese mining? Plus, a new report says the U.S. is "disillusioned" ...

Arrest of Ghana’s Chinese Queen of Illegal Gold Mining Embarrasses Government

The re-arrest of a Chinese national deported from Ghana in 2018 for illegal small-scale gold mining (known in Ghana as galamsey) is causing a media sensation and raising many embarrassing questions. Reporting about the arrest of En (aka Aisha) Huang has ...

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 ...

China is Using its Cobalt Playbook to Corner Lithium Supplies

Chinese mining companies are moving quickly to snap up some of the world's largest lithium mines, mostly located in South America's so-called "Lithium Triangle" that stretches across Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Since 2018, Chinese companies have invested an estimated $16 billion ...

Top Australian Official to Visit Ghana Amid Bitter Sino-Aussie Mining Controversy

Australia's Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts will travel to Ghana later this month to personally intervene in a rapidly escalating three-way controversy involving the Ghanaian government and a pair of mining companies from Australia and China. Last week, the ...

Sicomines Boss Moves to Bolster Ties in Kinshasa to Avoid the Problems Other Chinese Mining Companies Face in DRC

The head of one of China's largest mining companies in the DR Congo, Li Sheng, traveled last week from the southern cobalt and copper belt in the south to do some in-person lobbying in the capital Kinshasa.

Update on the Chinese Cobalt Stand-off in the DR Congo

Tensions between Chinese mining China Moly and the Congolese state-owned mining Gécamines appear to be deteriorating further amid an ongoing stand-off over the massive TFM copper and cobalt mine in the southern DRC. Shipments have ...

China’s Dominance of the Congolese Cobalt Sector May Not Actually Matter Much in the Near Future

The new U.S. climate law, officially known as the Inflation Reduction Act, has a number of provisions aimed at breaking China's hold on certain strategic resources like cobalt, widely seen as vital to the future of electric mobility. Cobalt is a ...
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