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U.S., China, Indonesia’s Nickel Gridlock: A Perspective From Below

“Without Indonesia’s nickel, have no future in America,” declared Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime and investment affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Foreign Policy last month. A bold statement from Indonesia’s top minister. He blasted Washington’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for ...

Chinese Nickel Miners in Indonesia Cut Output Amid Price Crash

Chinese-owned nickel mines in Indonesia are poised to cut output by at least 100,000 metric tons this year in a bid to boost prices of the precious metal used to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. Chinese and other mining companies in Indonesia ...

Chinese Nickel Plants Driving Pollution, Land Grabs in Indonesia: Report

A massive Chinese nickel mining and refining complex in the Indonesian region of North Maluku is causing massive environmental and human rights abuses, according to a new report from Climate Rights International. “Nickel Unearthed: The Human and Climate Costs of ...

“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, ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...