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It’s Been a Violent Year for Chinese Workers in Africa

Aside from everything else going on, 2020 is proving to be a rather violent year for Chinese workers in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Today's news that yet another Chinese national was taken hostage by kidnappers who raided a construction site in Niger state follows a ...

China’s Foreign Ministry Issues First Statement on Taiwan Opening a Rep Office in Somaliland

The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded on Tuesday to Taiwan's opening of a new representative office earlier this week in the self-declared state of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa. At his regular press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday, spokesman Zhao Lijian repeated Beijing's longstanding position that "Taiwan ...

9 Nigerians Killed, 1 Chinese Kidnapped in Violent Assault on a Road Construction Site in Niger State

A group of heavily armed Muslim Fulani bandits raided at a road construction site on Monday in the central Nigerian state of Niger. The assailants apparently targeted expatriates and began shooting. Nearby private security forces responded and forced the gunmen to retreat, but not before ...

Claims of a Cover-Up and Intimidation Cloud Investigation of Labor Abuse by Chinese Steel Company in Nigeria

Anonymous accusations of widespread labor abuses at a Chinese-owned steel company in the Nigerian state of Abia have sparked a heated controversy, as the company and its allies rebut the charges. Last week, an unknown individual using the Twitter handle @Truthfully83 

The Maritime Implications of Growing China-Iran Strategic Ties

Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer and now a senior fellow who heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation explores the implications of a China-Iran strategic partnership in the context of naval power.  Singh points ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

After Years of Enduring Painful Racist Attacks, Zhong Feifei is Now Having a Moment

The biracial Chinese-Congolese model/popstar/beauty blogger/social media influencer/reality TV star Zhong Feifei endured years of vicious racist attacks online for her skin tone, curly hair, and, well, because she's far outside of the mainstream of Chinese female beauty standards. But ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Chinese and Iranian Analysts Are Not Aligned on Proposed Pact

We found a number of very interesting articles published by the media of the wider Mediterranean region that provide important insights into some of the most interesting aspects of China’s relations with the countries there. Though we selected articles published by the media of a number of ...

Reassessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Needless to say, the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the global economy. With the world in situ, supply chains and the movement of goods and people have come to an abrupt pause. This has caused severe implications onto the pace and scope ...