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Chinese Demand for Kenyan Avocados Surged in 2023

Kenyan avocado exports to China jumped tenfold last year from 443 tons to 4,324 tons. But even with this booming demand from China, the European Union remains Kenya's largest export market for avocados. (BUSINESS DAILY)

Why the Africa-China Relationship Poses a Climate Challenge to Europe

Thinking about Africa in the context of the climate crisis makes for some cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, the continent’s massive potential for renewable energy, its stocks of critical minerals, and its storehouses of oil, gas, and coal make it a huge “ka-ching” in continental form. ...

Europe-Asia Shipping Costs Surge Due to Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

The cost of shipping a standard 40-foot container from Asia to northern Europe now costs around $4,000, a whopping 173% increase from just a few weeks ago. Average freight costs from the rest of Europe to/from China have gone up almost ...

Latin America’s Diplomacy: Balancing EU and China With Mercosur

By Alvaro Mendez and Chris Alden The negotiations for the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have spanned over two decades and are now facing renewed delays. This prolonged process is a crucial moment in Latin America's trade policy, especially as Brazilian ...

Awkward Timing as Italy Withdraws from BRI

Italy has announced its formal withdrawal from the Belt and Road Initiative after joining the China-centered infrastructure and investment project in 2019. The timing of the announcement that Rome won't renew its BRI commitment is notable. It came only a day before the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Four Key Trends in Battery Metals

Amid heightened demand for green technology, prices for critical minerals should be going up, up, up, right? In reality, prices have proven volatile. Even as demand keeps rising, new supply sources are coming online, potentially driving down prices. In addition, geopolitical ...

EU’s Global Gateway Moves Forward on DRC-Angola Corridor in Bid to Counter China

The European Union and the United States will launch the early stages of a logistics corridor linking the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia to an export facility in Angola. This was one of the key announcements on the second day of ...

EU’s Global Gateway Forum Aims to Take On China’s Belt and Road

Wednesday and Thursday will see leaders from twenty countries gathering in Brussels for the Global Gateway Forum, the newest step in the EU’s global infrastructure scheme. The forum comes a week after China’s Belt and Road Forum, which gathered representatives from about 130 countries. ...

China Takes Advantage of Cobalt’s Low Price to Boost Strategic Reserve

The Chinese government plans to fortify its stockpile of cobalt, a critical resource used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries. Insiders tell Reuters that the Strategic Reserves Administration plans to purchase 3,100 metric tons of the blue metal in a move likely timed ...

Getting China Out of Mineral Supply Chains Will Take Closer Cooperation With Africa: Report

The United States is increasingly focused on lessening its dependence on China for critical minerals. While some key rare earth minerals are mined in China, its involvement is much broader in mineral refining and battery manufacturing. Many of the refined minerals ...
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