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This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Just Invested $25 Million in a Company That Will Help Diversify Its Supply of Cobalt

The United States Development Finance Corporation invested $25 million in a company that will help to develop a Brazilian nickel and cobalt mine. The U.S. and a growing number of European countries are becoming increasingly concerned about China's dominance of the global cobalt supply chain, given the ...

Letter to the Editor: Contrasting Japanese vs. Chinese Investment in Africa

Dear Eric, As the Representative in Africa for JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), I would like to comment regarding your column on September 24th, "What It Takes To Compete Against the Chinese in Africa," where you mentioned that ...

What It Takes To Compete Against the Chinese in Africa

Remember all those exciting Africa summits that took place last year? The Russians and Turks each had one, as did the Europeans, and the Japanese. At one point it seemed kind ...

While China’s International Relations Cool Elsewhere, They’re Warming Up in Africa

Perceptions of China around the world are growing increasingly negative. Not surprisingly, public opinion in the U.S. has plummeted and although Europe seems more divided on the issue, it's safe to say that the likes of Macron, Johnson, and Merkel are hesitant at best about deepening their ...

The Long Journey to EurAfrica

Recently I've been trying to give my brain a break from marinading in China-Africa issues by reading the biologist Merlin Sheldrake's mind-bending new book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. He points out that scientists in ...

Gyude Moore: Amid Heightened U.S.-China Tensions, Europe Can be a Stabilizing Force for Africa

With both Europe and Africa uncomfortably stuck in the middle of the increasingly acrimonious U.S.-China conflict, Gyude Moore, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development in Washington, proposes in a new article that stronger EU-Africa ties could serve as an important ballast ...

U.S., Europe Becoming Increasingly Worried Over China’s Dominance of the World’s Cobalt Supply Chain

With ties between China and the U.S. and Europe becoming increasingly strained, there's growing concern in Washington, Brussels, and other European capitals about China's dominance over the supply for strategically vital metals and minerals, especially cobalt. Cobalt is widely used in ...

Africa to G20 Members: Pay a Little Now or Pay a Lot Later

When things fall apart no one will be able to say they didn't see it coming. Last year, when we spoke with Ghananian conservationist Kofi Agbogah, executive director of the NGO Hεn Mpoano, for the ...

Cobus van Staden Has a Warning For Rich Countries: Either You Pay Now to Help Africa With COVID-19 or You Will Pay Later

Cobus van Staden, the senior China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg and co-founder of The China Global South Project, published a sharply-worded commentary that condemned the international community's response to the COVID-19 as "woefully naive."

Dambisa Moyo: China Using Current Market Instability to Take Power Away From US, European Societies

China is using the current economic downturn "as an opportunity to take geopolitical power away from Western societies," said international development economist and best-selling author Dambisa Moyo in an interview with the institutional finance publication Investment & Pensions Europe.
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