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U.S.-China Competition for Africa’s Critical Resources

China maintains a massive lead over the U.S. and other G7 countries in both mining and refining capacity in Africa, a key vulnerability that policymakers in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere say they're determined to rectify.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

U.S. Should Increase Engagement With African Countries For Greater Access to Critical Minerals – Report

The U.S. should boost engagement with African countries in mutually beneficial partnerships to be the continent’s preferred partner for critical minerals development. This will not be easy, as there is no sign that China is retreating in African markets, and the U.S.’s economic competition in Africa is ...

BYD is Launching Its Next Gen Blade EV Battery and That’s Really Bad News for Both DR Congo, Indonesia

Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD announced the launch date for its next generation Blade EV battery that will be released in August with 27% more energy density than the current power pack. The new battery will also be sufficient for most cars to ...

Chinese Peacekeepers Pulling out of DR Congo

Chinese peacekeepers with the UN stabilization mission in eastern DR Congo attended a departure ceremony on Tuesday as the force withdrew from the war-torn region. The 15,000 MONUSCO troops deployed in the vast central African country started to leave in February ...

Second Chinese National Killed in the DR Congo This Week

A Chinese national was killed and another injured when their gold mining camp in northwestern Ituri province came under attack on Monday by armed bandits. Local police said the assailants made off with "a little money and a few grams of ...

With Prices Low, China Moves Quickly to Secure Supplies of Critical Metals

The year-long plunge in the prices of critical materials used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, namely nickel, cobalt, and lithium, is destroying the bottom lines of Western mining companies. Mining companies in Australia, Canada, and several European countries are laying off ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Why Angola is the “Vietnam of Africa”

Angolan President João Lourenço returned from a three-day visit to China loaded with goodies. He secured an upgrade in diplomatic ties, promises of new investment and, most importantly, a major reduction in monthly debt payments. ...

Signing Ceremony Takes Place in Kinshasha for Revised Sicomines Deal

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi oversaw a signing ceremony in Kinshasha on Thursday for the fifth revision of the Sicomines copper and cobalt mining deal with a consortium of Chinese companies. The latest revision of the controversial deal marks some ...

African Development Bank Head Calls for End to Resource-Backed Loans

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, urged leaders on the continent to end the practice of exchanging raw materials for development, a practice known as resources-for-loans that was pioneered on a truly massive scale by China.

The Number of Chinese Workers in Africa is Now Less Than Half What it Was a Decade Ago

The population of Chinese workers in Africa now stands at 88,371, the lowest point since 2009 and less than half the amount of the peak in 2015, according to new data from the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University. ...

Putting Geopolitical Competition on Display: Sierra Leonian President Visits China

By Lucas Engel On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Julius Maada Bio, the President of Sierra Leone, returned from China, marking the end of the year’s first visit to China by an African head of state.
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