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China Sends High-Level Envoy to President João Lourenço’s Second Inauguration in Angola

China dispatched Liu Yuxi, the newly-named Special Representative on African Affairs and former ambassador to the African Union, to attend last week's second inauguration ceremony for President João Lourenço. The two then met later for talks.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Russia and China Will Conduct Joint Military Exercises From 1 to 7 September

Russia and China will conduct joint military exercises from 1 to 7 September. However, the scale of this year’s exercises is much smaller than before. Similar exercises four years ago involved 300,000 troops. This time it will be 50,000, reflecting the impact of the Ukraine war. 

Angolan Presidential Candidate Eyes Chinese Loans

Adalberto Costa Jr., a candidate in this week’s presidential election in Angola, will launch an audit of the country’s debt to China if he wins. He pledged that any loans not resulting in infrastructure will be renegotiated. 

Angola Set a New Standard For Infrastructure Contracting With the Lobito Corridor Concession (Which China Lost)

Angola's Ministry of Transport is receiving high praise for the way it handled the bidding for the $333 million concession to re-build and operate the colonial-era Lobito Corridor railway that connects the copper and cobalt belts in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...

The North-South Split in the World’s China Discourse

The discourse coming out of the U.S. and China around the visit of the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan keeps reminding me of a particular stage direction in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf:  George: Stop braying!

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 ...

Deep Dive: Jose Eduardo dos Santos and the History of the “Angola Model”

The death of Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos on 8 July, brought to an end a pivotal Africa-China relationship, one that reshaped the whole continent's relationship with the rising superpower.  This great obit by South China ...

Chinese-Invested Portuguese Company Wins Crucial Logistics Concession in Angola

Portuguese construction major Mota-Engil outbid three Chinese state-owned companies, CITIC, Sinotrans, and CR20, to win a 30-year concession to operate the strategically important Lobito Corridor that connects the copper/cobalt belt in the southern DRC and northern Zambia with the port of Lobito in Angola. ...

African Countries Owe Way More to Private Creditors Than to China, Says New NGO Report

African governments owe nearly three times as much money to Western private creditors than they do to Chinese lenders, according to a new report by the UK-based NGO Debt Justice. The group's findings are based on World Bank ...

Maritime Issues Could Headline the Next High-Level Chinese Tour of Africa

China's most senior diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa announced that Special Representative on African Affairs, Xu Jinghu, has kicked off an 8-nation African tour. The Foreign Ministry hasn't provided any information about her visit besides the itinerary (thanks to this map).

Why China Building a Small Power Plant in a Small Congolese Town is Such a Big Deal

A consortium of Chinese entrepreneurs based in Angola recently signed an agreement to build an electric power generation facility in the small Congolese city of Kenge, 269 kilometers west of the capital Kinshasa, according to Radio Okapi. Not ...
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