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Chinese Loans to Africa by Region, 2000-2022

From 2000-2022, countries in Southern Africa and East Africa historically borrowed the most from China primarily due to large-scale loans in Angola, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya. In 2021 and 2022, the regional composition is distinct from previous years; lending ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: South Africa Reportedly in Negotiation With Chinese EV Giant BYD to Open Manufacturing Plant in the Country

South Africa is reportedly in negotiation with the Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD to open a manufacturing plant in the country, according to the cabinet. BYD, China’s best-selling car brand, launched its first e-vehicle in SA last year. South Africa has a robust auto-building sector, which includes a ...

Africa Climate Summit Ends With Anger at Western Dominance, Near No-Show from China

The African Climate Summit wrapped up on Wednesday with the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration. It calls for:  Reforms of the international financing system to lower the cost of climate financing for poor countries via more concessional lending and targeted ...

Odd One Out: Argentina in BRICS?

By Bruno Binetti The decision of the BRICS to invite Argentina to become a full member in 2024 came as a surprise even to the Argentine government. President Alberto Fernández had lobbied to enter the club, but the expectations were so low ...

South African Avocados Are the Latest Entrant Into China’s Already-Saturated Market

Chinese consumers will soon be able to purchase South African avocados in their local supermarkets thanks to a new export agreement signed on the sidelines of last week's BRICS summit in Johannesburg. The move is part of a larger Chinese effort ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine Coastguard Removes Chinese South China Sea Barrier

The Philippine coastguard successfully removed a 300-meter floating barrier placed by the Chinese coastguard to bar access to the South China Sea’s Scarborough Shoal.
This follows an outcry in Manila during the weekend when images emerged of the barrier and Chinese coastguard patrols being used to keep Philippine fishing vessels out. 

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South African Singer MOE’s Amazing Journey on China’s Top Singing Competition Comes to an End Following Show’s Cancellation

The South African singer who took China by storm earlier this month with a jaw-dropping performance on the country's most popular singing competition show, sent a note to her Chinese fans to thank them for their support following the program's abrupt cancellation.

A Closer Look At South Africa’s Electricity Deals With China

Details are emerging about expansive new cooperation agreements between South Africa and China on electricity. They were signed during last week’s BRICS summit in Johannesburg, and they were somewhat overshadowed by the focus on the bloc’s enlargement. But for South Africa, these deals ...

Modi Comes Under Intense Criticism Back Home After “Brief Conversation” With Xi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under withering criticism this weekend from his political rivals and the media back home for the way he handled a short, "informal" exchange with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of last week's BRICS summit in Johannesburg -- their first ...

Africa’s Prominent Role in the New “BRICS6”

The once lifeless BRICS bloc got a big boost of energy this week with the addition of six new members including two additional African states from Egypt and Ethiopia. Together, African countries will now account for nearly a third of the ...

The BRICS Gets Bigger. Six New Members Added to the Bloc

The BRICS group is going to need a new name to accommodate the admission of six countries that were officially invited to join the bloc as of January 1, 2024: 1) Argentina2) Egypt3) Ethiopia4) Iran5) Saudi Arabia
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