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Chongqing: The Former Rustbelt City at the Heart of the World Economy

Chongqing is a massive industrial city in China's heartland that many outsiders are unfamiliar with despite its enormous size. The city alone has a GDP of $386 billion, larger than both South Africa ($310 billion) and Egypt ($363 billion).

Sicomines is Bracing For a Brutal Report From the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The Sino-Congolese mining giant Sicomines is already trying to discredit a highly-anticipated report by the Congolese branch of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative even before the NGO's findings have been published. Radio France Internationale and other media ...

ICBC Launches New China-Africa Currency Center in Hunan

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in Hunan province launched a new cross-border China-Africa currency center on Tuesday to facilitate transactions between Chinese yuan and six African currencies including the Kenyan shilling, Nigerian naira, Botswanan pula, Ghanaian sedi, and the Zambian kwacha.

Check Out What Exhibitors Are Selling at This Year’s China-Africa Trade Expo in Hunan

A big part of Chinese trade expos, like the one that's taking place this week in Hunan, is the opportunity to sell stuff... lots and lots of stuff. Thousands of local residents flood the exhibition floor at these fairs to taste ...

China-Africa Trade Fair Gets Underway in the Central Chinese Province of Hunan

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (photo) was the keynote speaker on Sunday at the kick-off of the four-day China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha. The expo was also attended by China's most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, who ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Hannah Ryder Explains Why the China-Africa Trade Expo is Important

The China-Africa trade expo that's now underway in the central Chinese province of Hunan provides a unique opportunity for African exporters of finished goods to meet directly with Chinese buyers, said Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, in an interview this weekend with Chinese ...

China-DR Congo Trade Up 97% Compared to Last Year

TWEET TRANSLATION: China-DRC trade totaled $7.76 billion in the first seven months of the year, up 97% year-on-year, and the Congolese side recorded a trade surplus of $4.75 billion. During this period, Chinese companies invested $198 million in the DR Congo.

Global Metals Market on Edge Following Guinea Coup and Mounting Concerns About China’s Economy

The coup in Guinea combined with new indicators that China's economy may be slowing is contributing to a period of considerable turbulence in global metals markets as investors try to gauge the impact of these trends on Chinese demand for bauxite, copper, and iron ore:

This Chart Explains Why China is So Concerned About Events in Guinea

 "The outcome of the coup attempt is unclear, but the political turmoil offers a test for this relatively new supply chain. Investors need to mull a range of possibilities, from a relatively peaceful power transfer in Conakry that preserves the bauxite status quo, to more disruptive scenarios ...

Guinea Coup Complicates China’s Desire to Wean Itself Off Australian Imports

So far, Guinean bauxite exports to China appear unaffected by last Sunday's coup and policymakers in Beijing are no doubt hoping it stays that way. They would like to avoid having to turn to Australia for further supplies of the critical metal used to manufacture aluminum.
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