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WEEK IN REVIEW: Sino-Australian Joint Venture to Develop Africa’s Largest Mine in Guinea Edges Closer

The Sino-Australian joint venture to develop Africa's largest mine in Guinea edged closer to reality on Wednesday when Rio Tinto's board approved $6.2 billion for the project. Next, a consortium of Chinese partners must get their boards to do the same to build the mine, rail, and port ...

China’s Low-Key Response to the Niger Coup

The Chinese government has been noticeably quiet in response to the turbulent events in Niger where President Mohamed Bazoum was deposed last month in a military coup. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued three pro-forma ...

How Does Africa Get the Tech It Needs?

As geopolitical tensions rise, external partners want a say in African development choices. This is particularly true for digital expansion, where Global South countries are frequently framed as battlegrounds between Chinese companies like Huawei and Western competitors. However, African policymakers are gaining ...

It Was a Bad, Very Bad Week For Chinese Mining in Africa

Two of China's largest and most important mining ventures in Africa encountered major problems this week. In Guinea, the government shut down the Sino-Australian joint venture to operate the massive Simandou iron ore mine, a major blow to Beijing's ambitions to ...

It’s Been a Downright Terrible Week For Two of China’s Most Important Mining Ventures in Africa

Two of China's largest and most important mining ventures in Africa, one in Guinea and the other in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, face the real possibility of being shut down after years of contentious relations with their local partners. ...

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 ...

Chinese Contractors Win Guinea Stadium Bid

The contractors, China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. and China Construction International, won a $298 million contract to build a new soccer stadium in Guinea. While providing stadiums acted as a diplomatic tool for China in the Global South, this seems like a commercial transaction ...

Major Setback For Chinese Mining Interests in Guinea as Junta Suspends Simandou Iron Ore Project

China's long-term ambition to reduce its dependence on Australian iron ore suffered a major setback late last week when Guinea's ruling junta ordered the immediate suspension of all activities at the massive Simandou mine. Interim President Mamady ...

While Guinea’s Iron Ore Sales to China Stall, Bauxite Shipments Continue Apace

New shipments of Guinean bauxite arrived in China's northeastern rustbelt zone of Shandong province last week, helping to ease supply constraints of the essential ingredient used to manufacture aluminum.  Guinea has emerged as a vital supplier to China ...

There’s a Huge Difference in How China Responded to the Coups in Burkina Faso and Guinea

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded on Tuesday to the military overthrow of democratically-elected Burkinabé President Fas Roch Marc Christian Kaboré with a call to "restore normal order" and "resolve differences through dialogue."  Zhao, speaking at the ...

Q&A: What’s At Stake For China in Sudan?

China's reaction, so far, to Monday's military coup in Sudan has been reserved, especially compared to the forceful response Beijing issued within 24 hours of last month's overthrow of President Alpha Condé's government in Guinea. But China's interests in Guinea and Sudan are very different and ...
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