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U.S. Bill Targets China’s Critical Mineral Stake

U.S. senators introduced legislation that would make federal agencies regularly track critical mineral and rare earth deposits around the world and who controls them. The Critical Minerals Security Act of 2024 would highlight when a deposit is controlled by “a foreign ...

Zambian and Chinese Miners Trapped Underground

Seven miners, including five Zambians and two Chinese nationals, are reportedly stuck in Zambia’s Chinese-owned Macrolink Mine.  The mine is still under construction and hasn’t been commissioned yet. The miners are trapped 235 meters below the surface by rising water. One ...

Deadly Fire at Chinese-Owned Nickel Smelter in Indonesia Reveals Stubborn Pattern of Workers’ Safety’s Neglect

Photography by Mas Agung Wilis Yudha Baskoro & Muhammad Fadli I first saw the news of the big fire on Instagram. It was Christmas Eve, when social media was full of pictures of families getting together, tucked safely in the warmth ...

“Strong Indication” Safety Violation Led to Massive Fire at Chinese-Owned Nickel Factory, Says Indonesia

Indonesian authorities suggested that safety violations and negligence may be responsible for a fire at a Chinese-owned nickel smelter last month that killed 21 workers. The massive blaze erupted at a furnace in a smelter operated by Tsingshan Stainless Steel Indonesia, ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Mining Giant CMOC Surpassed Swiss Rival Glencore to Become Largest Cobalt Producer in DRC

Chinese mining giant CMOC surpassed its Swiss rival Glencore to become the largest cobalt producer in the DR Congo. The Chinese company boosted production from its Congolese mines in 2023 by 170%. The production surge helped to depress cobalt prices that slumped 30% last year: (BLOOMBERG) ...

Q&A: How Will Tshisekedi’s Re-Election Impact Chinese Mining Interests in the DR Congo?

The incumbent Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi won a landslide re-election at the end of last year that was validated this week by the country's Constitutional Court despite accusations of voting irregularities by both opposition parties and foreign election observers. Also this ...

The Africa-China 2023 Year in Review

2023 was a transformative year for China’s ties with Africa. Chinese investment, trade, and diplomatic engagement were either flat or declined sharply over the past year, highlighting how this once-vibrant relationship is now entering a new, more austere period.

Chinese Mining Companies Are Pushing Down the Price of Cobalt, U.S. Committee Wants to Do Something About It

There's a growing awareness in Washington, D.C., that the rock-bottom prices of certain critical resources used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries provide China a competitive advantage while jeopardizing U.S. national security. A massive glut of cobalt, nickel and other EV battery ...

Chinese Nickel Miners in Indonesia Are Becoming Very Anxious About Falling Prices

The year-long slump in nickel prices is endangering the economic viability of some of the many Chinese mining companies in Indonesia that dominate the sector. Chinese-owned mines account for 60-70% of all investment in Indonesia's nickel mining business, which is significant ...

South Korea Moves to Reduce Reliance on China for EV Battery Metals

The South Korean government introduced new measures this week to reduce its dependence on China for 185 different critical resources, many of which are used to manufacture EV batteries. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Energy announced on Wednesday new measures that ...
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