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Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few ...

Update on the China-DR Congo Mining Contracts Dispute

After months of negative media coverage, Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are pushing back against the perception they aren't fulfilling their contractual obligations to provide social services and build infrastructure for the local communities where they ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Ethiopia, China and the Future of African Conflict

Ethiopia is giving us a glimpse of a set of dynamics that could come to shape African life in complicated ways. Last week, the Biden administration announced new sanctions aimed at reducing violence in the Tigray region, where conflict between the forces of President Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have caused massive human rights abuses affecting millions. The sanctions will target all sides of the conflict, including Ethiopia’s ...

What’s at Stake for China in Chad Following the Unexpected Death of President Idriss Deby?

News that Mahamat Kaka, son of late Chadian President Idriss Deby who was killed on Monday in fighting near the Libyan border, has been named interim leader will likely be well received at the headquarters of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Beijing. ...

China’s Top Economic Planning Agency Issued a Report About the BRI That Policymakers in Africa and Elsewhere in the Global South Should Read Carefully

The National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC), China's top economic planning agency, published a new report on Tuesday, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, that detailed some of the key challenges confronting Beijing's new 5-year plan, with a particular focus on infrastructure development ...

Egypt is All-In on Chinese Vaccines With 20 Million New Jabs on the Way And a New Production Deal Set to Start

The Egyptian government is placing a massive bet that Chinese vaccines will open a path out of the pandemic. The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced a deal to purchase an additional 20 million doses from Sinopharm with the first shipments expected to arrive later this ...

How Does Sinovac’s Efficacy Rate Compare to Other COVID-19 Vaccines?

For the past two weeks, we've been discussing the efficacy rates of Chinese vaccines compared to those from other countries and a number of readers have asked for comparative data to measure how jabs from the likes of Sinovac perform against AstraZeneca's in particular.

Demand for EV Battery Materials is Surging Putting Renewed Focus on Where These Strategic Resources Come From and China’s Role in Processing Them

With new electric-powered sports cars like Ford's Mach-E and Audi's e-tron Quattro selling well, demand is surging for the strategic minerals and metals that are used to make the batteries in those vehicles. Sales of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite 

The Road to a Clean Energy Future Runs Through the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The former President of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, wrote an impassioned appeal for the world to recognize the important contribution that the DRC will make to the world as it moves into the post-carbon era, largely from the use of DRC-mined ...