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Chinese Shift in Battery Manufacturing Could Have a Major Impact on Nickel, Cobalt Exporting Countries

China’s nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) battery output in June fell 6.8% year-on-year, marking the straight month of declining production. NCM batteries are widely used in electric vehicles in the U.S. and Europe, but less so in China where lithium phosphate (LFP) batteries are ...

China’s Slowing Economy Could be a Catalyst for Change in Africa

Angolan President João Lourenço kicked off a three-day visit to China this week that will take him to Beijing and Shandong Province. The timing of Lourenço's trip comes as the Chinese economy is facing enormous challenges amid a plunge in FDI, ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

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. ...

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 rather than ‘stadium diplomacy.’

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 ...
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