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China, Africa and the Global Race to Source EV Battery Metals

Chinese automakers smashed another monthly record for production and sales of electric vehicles in October. Car companies produced just under 400,000 vehicles last month, up 133% from the same time last year and almost 10% from September, according to new data from the Chinese ...

Congolese Workers Face “Dire Conditions” in Foreign-Owned Cobalt Mines, Says NGO

DR Congo's cobalt mining sector is notorious for worker abuse and exploitation. Until now, most of the focus has been on the informal, or artisanal mines where there is no government or corporate oversight, and the presence of child laborers has been well-documented over the years.

Chinese Mining Companies in the DRC Are Once Again Revving Up Their PR Efforts in a Bid to Improve Their Image

If there was any doubt that Chinese mining companies were paying for positive media coverage in the Congolese press, a pair of tweets on Wednesday (photo) should settle the issue. The Sino-Congolese mining giant Sicomines touted its presence at the China International Import Expo that took place ...

South African Retail Giant Woolworths Turns to China’s SAIC For New Electrified Delivery Vans

When South African online shoppers get their groceries delivered from the retail giant Woolworths, they'll come in one of the company's new Chinese-made electric-powered delivery vans. Woolworths announced that it will use the Shanghai-based auto major SAIC's Maxus ...

Mounting Expectations that China Will “Bring a Big Checkbook to FOCAC 2021”

As the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) conference in Dakar nears, expectations in some quarters are rising that China will once again play the role of financier for African development and COVID-19 mitigation. At the previous two FOCAC summits, China ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Long Arc of Chinese Lending to Africa

The biggest headline from November’s FOCAC meeting was China’s pivot away from infrastructure funding. But like many FOCAC headlines, it needs several asterisks. In the first place, the pivot might actually be away from a particular infrastructure model (massive projects funded with large bilateral Chinese policy bank loans and built by Chinese state-owned enterprises) rather than from infrastructure-building itself.

The larger question is what China is pivoting to. Instead of ...

FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: This Year’s FOCAC Will Serve as a “Moment of Truth” For China-Africa Relations

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists, and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar.  If ...