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

Aerial view of the world's largest iron ore deposits at the Simandou mine in Guinea. Image via Rio Tinto.
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 ...

India, China Border Talks End With a Positive Vibe But No Substantive Outcomes

Unresolved territorial claims complicating China-India border relations.
Indian and Chinese military commanders wrapped up their 21st round of talks aimed at resolving escalating tensions along their disputed 3,200-kilometer border. The corps commander-level talks were held this week at the Chusual-Moldo meeting point ...

Indian Military to Open New Facilities at Sea and in the Mountains to Counter China

The Indian military announced it will build a new naval facility in the Indian Ocean and restructure part of its deployment near the Himalayas near the border with China, both with an eye to ...

China Seeks Global South Support for New Governance System as Beijing Undermines Current Rules Based Order, Says U.S. Official

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink speaking at an event about China and the Global South at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank The Atlantic Council. Image via the Atlantic Council.
China is freeloading off the current rules-based international order while at the same time undermining the system to suit its agenda to implement an alternate global governance architecture, a senior U.S. official said ...

Scholars, Analysts Meet in Washington to Discuss China’s Influence in the Global South

Moderator Jane Munga from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace speaks with Joseph Asunka, chief executive officer of Afrobarometer, Paul Nantulya, a research Associate at National Defense University and Oscar Otele, lecturer at the University of Nairobi. Image via the Atlantic Council.
Scholars and analysts from around the world gathered at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Atlantic Council think tank on Wednesday for a two-day conference focused on evaluating China’s growing influence in Asia, ...

China Issues New Warning to the Philippines That It Will “Pay a High Price for Its Brinksmanship in the South China Sea”

A Philippine Air Froce FA-50 fighter jet alongside a U.S. B-52H bomber conducted a joint aerial patrol over the South China Sea on February 19, 2024. Image via the Philippine Air Force.
Chinese Communist Party and state-run media outlets reacted angrily on Tuesday to joint U.S.-Philippines air patrols that took place the previous day over disputed territories in the South China Sea. The official China Daily ...

Ghana’s VP Introduced a New Transit Pass This Week That Isn’t Secure and Sends All of the Data to China

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched the new Tap and Go transit pass on Monday that lacks meaningful data privacy measures. Images via Mahamudu Bawumia's X account.
Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched a new digital transit pass in Accra on Monday that allows passengers to use a plastic card or their mobile phones to ride city buses. The “Tap and ...

Ghana Installs 1,010 Rural Telephony Sites as Part of China-Backed Project

Ghanaian telecom crews install a mobile network tower in a rural community as part of a larger effort to connect the entire countryside to high speed ICT networks. Image via Huawei.
The Ghanaian government is at the halfway point to build out 2,016 telephony sites that will deliver new voice and data services to millions of rural residents. Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said 618 of the ...

China Removed Barrier Blocking Entrance to Contested Shoal in South China Sea, Says Philippine Coast Guard

Satellite image by the Philippine Armed Forces that purportedly shows the presence of Chinese barriers placed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
The China Coast Guard removed a controversial barrier that blocked the entrance to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The barrier was reportedly placed there sometime in late December, and according ...

China’s Ambassador to Indonesia Pays House Call to Congratulate Prabowo Subianto on Likely Presidential Win

Chinese Ambassador Lu Kang posed together with Indonesia's Defense Minister and soon-to-be next president Prabowo Subianto and his cat Bobby. Image via @prabowo.
Indonesian election authorities are still counting ballots, but all indications point to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto securing a decisive victory to become the country’s next president. In anticipation of Prabowo’s expected win, China’s ...

China is Taking Advantage of Rock Bottom Cobalt Prices to Stockpile Huge Quantities of the Blue Metal

Source: Darton Commodities Ltd via Bloomberg News
The Chinese government is leveraging a 40% plunge in the price of cobalt to further bolster its national strategic reserve of the blue metal used in advanced electronics and electric vehicle batteries. UK-based ...

Fujianese Rap With a South African House Beat Combine in Vinida Weng’s New Song WAIYA!

Image from Chinese rapper Vinida Weng's new music video WAIYA! that incorporates beats inspired by South African house music known as amapiano.
Chinese rapper Vinida Weng is generating a lot of buzz among South African music fans for her new track WAIYA!, which incorporates beats inspired by amapiano — a South African subgenre of house ...

The Global South is Entering a New Era Led by China, Not the West: Chinese Scholar

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with the deputy foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing on December 15, 2023. Mfa.gov.cn
The decline of the U.S. and the West is a foregone conclusion, as is the rise of the Global South, led by China, and these trends are going to take precipitous strides this ...

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 ...

UK & North American Foreign Ministers Call on China to Calm Maritime Tensions in Asia, Mideast

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly and UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron. Images via Xinhua.
The foreign ministers from the U.S., Canada, and Britain each appealed directly to their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for Beijing to do more to calm surging tensions in both the Red Sea and ...

Indian, Chinese FMs Shook Hands and Held a Brief Exchange at Munich Security Conference

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi went out of his way on Saturday to say hello to India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishanakar at the Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2024. Video via MSC organizers.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met very briefly with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday in an interaction that sparked a lot of buzz in India, but ...

Wang Yi Met With Argentina’s Foreign Minister in Yet Another Sign Ties Are Begining to Stabilize in the Milei Era

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Argentine Foreign Minister Diana Mondino on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2024. Image via the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The foreign ministers from China and Argentina met briefly on Saturday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference for what seemed like a very ordinary bilateral gathering. Other than a pro ...

Two Scholars Try to Clear Up Some of the Confusion Over China’s Response to the Israel-Hamas War

File image of Zhai Jun, China's special envoy to the Middle East, at the Cairo Peace Summit on October 21, 2023. Image via Xinhua.
In the days after Palestinian terrorists brutally attacked civilians in southern Israel last October, there were widespread expectations that China was going to play a prominent role in mediating a settlement among the ...

Rwandan Singers Strike a Chord on Chinese Social Media

A young Rwandan man and his group of compatriot singers have gone viral in China with short videos showing them performing well-known songs in near-perfect Mandarin. The group, led by Pacifique Izabayo, ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Australia to Call on China to Remove Remaining Economic Sanctions on Imported Australian Products

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (L) with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Image via Xinhua.
Australia’s Trade Minister Don Farrell said he would call on his Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao to remove all remaining economic sanctions on imported Australian products when they meet later this month.  Beijing imposed tariffs ...

UK Foreign Secretary Cameron to Pressure China Over Red Sea Attacks

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron listens to journalist's question during a joint news conference after his meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister in Sofia on February 14, 2024. Nikolay DOYCHINOV / AFP
UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron is the latest Western politician who apparently feels he can persuade China to use its influence to rein in Iran-backed Houthi militants attacking cargo vessels in the Red ...

U.S., Canada Look to Wean Themselves Off Dependence on China for Critical Minerals

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the U.S. "does not want to be over-reliant on countries whose values we may not share." Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP
Energy ministers from the United States and Canada expressed deep reservations about their countries’ current reliance on China for processed minerals that are used to power next-generation mobility and technologies. In separate interviews, ...

Investor Promoting Chinese-Engineered ‘Magic Grass’ in Kenya

Agripreneur Jack Liu with a farm manager at the Juncao grass model farm in Nakuru, Kenya. Njenga Hakeenah / CGSP

A plantation of Juncao contributes to air purification and reduces soil degradation. The waste products from Juncao are useful including the dry leaves which are converted into briquettes to replace firewood.

China Urges Israel to Stop Military Operation in Rafah “As Soon as Possible”

Smoke billowing after Israeli bombardments on east Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 13, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. SAID KHATIB / AFP
China urged Israel on Tuesday to stop its military operation in the Gazan city of Rafah “as soon as possible,” warning of a “serious humanitarian disaster” there if fighting did not stop. “China ...

Even With a De-Escalation Deal, Philippines Says It Will Continue Media Pressure in South China Sea

Journalists on board the Philippine Coast Guard ship 'Melchora Aquino' take video and photos of a Chinese Coast Guard ship on December 10, 2023. Ted ALJIBE / AFP
The Philippines government is not going to change its strategy of inviting journalists and social media influencers to record confrontations with Chinese maritime forces in the South China Sea even as the two ...

With Eye on China, Japan Seeks to Bolster Ties With Pacific Island Countries

Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a press conference with Minister for Cook Islands Foreign Affairs and chair of the 5th Ministerial Interim Meeting Tingika Elikana at the Forum Secretariat in Suva on February 12, 2024. Leon LORD / AFP
Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, together with her counterparts from the 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIC), reaffirmed this week the importance of the “rules-based international order” — a somewhat anodyne declaration ...

Solomons Islands PM Vows ‘Look North’ Pro-China Policy if Reelected

Solomon Islands' pro-China leader Manasseh Sogavare launches his party's election campaign ahead of April's national vote. CHARLEY PIRINGIAFPTVAFP
Solomon Islands’ pro-China leader on Tuesday detailed a reelection campaign based on a “look North” strategy that would deepen security and economic ties with Beijing while retaining “traditional” allies like Australia. Prime Minister ...

Chinese Nickel Miners in Indonesia Cut Output Amid Price Crash

Chinese-owned nickel mines in Indonesia are poised to cut output by at least 100,000 metric tons this year in a bid to boost prices of the precious metal used to manufacture batteries for electric ...

Chinese, Philippine Coast Guards Trade Barbs Over Who Is to Blame for Latest South China Sea Confrontation

Drone footage shot by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel blocking one of its vessels while it patroled near the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Video via the PCG.
Chinese and Philippines officials are furiously trying to shape the narrative over a confrontation between their Coast Guards that took place last week near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
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