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Week in Review: Ore, Oil & Oranges

China's major oil suppliers in Africa and the Middle East are bracing for a downturn in prices after Beijing ordered the country's largest refiner, Sinopec, to scale back operations. Sinopec will reportedly reduce refining of road and aviation fuels by up to 10% in response to the slowdown ...

Zambians Go to the Polls in a Tight Presidential Election with No China-Bashing, For Once

Ballots are now being counted in Zambia's general election that took place on Thursday. Presidential incumbent Edgar Lungu faces opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema in a contest that has been too close to call for weeks.  While Zambia's beleaguered economy and surging debt ...

Assessing the Impact of Anti-China Sentiment in the Global South

In many countries in Africa, Asia, and throughout the Global South there's often a large discrepancy between perceptions of China in civil society and among governing elites. This phenomenon has been on full display recently in the Democratic Republic of the ...

Kenya’s Dream to Build a Modern Railway Is Turning Into an Economic Nightmare

Many Kenyans were excited about plans to build a modern railway across the country linking the port city of Mombasa and Malaba town on the Kenya-Uganda border. It was touted as a game-changer; the key to unlocking not just Kenya’s economic takeoff, but that of the entire ...