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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 ...

China’s DRC Envoy Calls for Better Protection of Chinese Nationals in Eastern Congo

Chinese ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhao Bin, urged security officials in the southeastern Tanganyika Province near the border with Tanzania to do more to protect Chinese nationals in the area. Kidnappings and murders of Chinese nationals in ...

Discourse Check: How China Frames Its Involvement in DRC Mining

Western opposition to Chinese involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining sector is sharpening, with measures proposed to ban supplies of cobalt from Chinese companies. This opposition partly reflects concerns about Chinese control of a strategic resource, but it is also ...

New Power Station in the DR Congo Showcases Why Democratically-Elected Leaders in Africa Really Like Working With China

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi was all smiles on Tuesday when he officially inaugurated a new 220Kv power substation that will significantly improve the power supply to an estimated two million residents in the capital, Kinshasa. The President was joined by Chinese ambassador ...

Africa is at the Center of U.S.-China Competition for Critical Resources

U.S. lawmakers met this week to discuss how to combat the use of child labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's cobalt mining sector which they claim is largely controlled by Chinese mining companies. The issue is part of a ...

U.S. Lawmakers Weigh Sanctions, Criminal Charges Against Chinese Companies Over Child Cobalt Mining in DR Congo

U.S. legislators are proposing much stricter measures to counter China's dominance of the cobalt supply chain, including sanctions that would restrict the import of any cobalt mined by Chinese companies in the DR Congo. The proposed law by New Jersey ...

Truckers Strike Paralyzes Chinese Copper/Cobalt Shipments From the DR Congo

Truckers in the DR Congo have brought the all-important copper and cobalt trade to a standstill over their refusal to drive unless logistics firms pay an additional $700 risk allowance fee. The strike that began late last month has now ...

Democratic Republic of Congo Unveils Chinese-Built Data Center

DRC Prime Minister Sama Lukonde on Friday cut the ribbon on a new data center financed by China and built by Huawei. The minister said the center will improve data management and national financial performance. Huawei announced in March that it will ...
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