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China Posts Double Digit Trade Growth in First Half of 2022

China's total global trade jumped 10.3% in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released on Sunday by the General Administration of Customs. In all, the country ...

On Pelosi’s Visit, China’s Messaging Machine is Targeting the Global South

China mobilized its entire global messaging machine to protest U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recently concluded visit to Taiwan. Angry reactions have shown up in newspapers across the Global South, from Brazil to Congo to Oman and beyond.  While the Global ...

Global South Media Reactions to Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan

Congo: On August 2, Jean-Claude Gakosso, the foreign minister of the Republic of Congo, said that adhering to the one China principle is the consistent policy of the Democratic People's Republic of Congo, the general consensus of the Congolese government and all Congolese people, and there is ...

Tucker Carlson: China is Colonizing Countries in the Western Hemisphere

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the most popular cable talk show personality in the United States, is hosting his show from Brazil this week and warning that the "Chinese military is establishing a threatening new beach head" in the country and that the United States isn't doing ...

Chinese EV Giant BYD Looks for Lithium in Africa and Expands Dealer Network in Brazil

Two big stories this week about the Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD: BATTERIES: Rather than buy lithium, a key ingredient in EV batteries, on the open market and face steadily rising prices, the company instead will buy six of its own mines ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

Argentina Could Be Joining BRICS

🇦🇷 Argentina could become a member of the BRICS group. Argentinian officials are joining a flurry of upcoming events with counterparts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the bloc's five permanent members. Brazil and China reportedly support Buenos Aires joining the group. 

Brazil’s Central Bank Quadruples Yuan Holdings, Raising Chinese Hopes for Greater RMB Acceptance

Brazil’s Central Bank increased its reserves of Chinese renminbi (RMB) fourfold last year. It is the latest indication that the RMB is set to become much more influential in the global financial landscape. A survey last week indicated ...

Chinese Media Claims More Than a Million Passengers Have Used the New Chinese-Built Railway in Laos

According to Chinese state media, the new Chinese-built and funded railway between China and Laos, which was launched two months ago, is a huge success already. Rail authorities in China's southwestern Yunnan province report that in the short time that it's been in operation, the railway's transported ...

African Iron Ore Producers Poised to Benefit From Supply Constraints Brought on By Disruptions in Australia and Brazil

Strong demand from Chinese steel mills, combined with supply disruptions in two of the world's largest iron ore producing countries, Brazil and Australia, will help to maintain near record-high ore prices, according to analyst forecasts. Chinese buyers may turn more to ...

Veteran China Journalist Warns That China is Looking to Eventually Replace Australian Iron Ore With Suppliers in Brazil and Africa

There's been widespread speculation over the past year that China wants to develop new iron ore supply chains in Africa so it can stop buying from Australia in response to steadily worsening ties between the two countries. While there've been indications ...
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