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5,600kgs of Ethiopian Coffee Sells Out in Just 5 Seconds on Alibaba’s Livestream

When Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga agreed to join online influencer Li Jiaqi on a livestream on Alibaba's mega e-shopping platform T-mall to sell Ethiopian coffee, he no doubt imagined that he would have to do a bit of promotion to help jumpstart sales. ...

Heated Confrontation Between Chinese Businesses and Civil Society Groups Intensifies in Zimbabwe

A simmering conflict between a coalition of 27 civil society groups in Zimbabwe and Chinese enterprises, mostly mining companies, boiled over late last week when organizations representing both sides published scathing statements about each other. The primary complaint by the civil ...

6-Day China-Africa Great Lakes Import Expo Concludes in Wuxi

A 6-day convention aimed at promoting trade between China and countries surrounding the Great Lakes region in southeastern Africa wrapped up on Thursday in Wuxi. In all, representatives from 12 African states took part in the event in eastern China, including countries like Angola that are not ...

Meet the CityBug: The Newest Chinese-made EV to Go On Sale In South Africa

South Africa lags far behind other middle-income countries in the availability of electric vehicles but Chinese brands like Eleksa are hoping to change with the introduction of new cars like the $15,000 Citybug. The two-door compact seats four and has a ...

Chinese Auto Majors See South Africa as a Key Market to Compete Head-On With Global Rivals

South Africa's intensely competitive car market may provide a glimpse into the future of global automotive trade with Chinese brands successfully competing with rivals from the U.S., Germany, Japan, and South Korea. In fact, SA is one of the only markets in the world where a Chinese ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

Zhejiang Province Shutters Factories Due to COVID-19, Raising Concerns About the DRC-to-China Cobalt Supply Chain

The global cobalt supply chain is bracing for the impact from the closure of three of China's largest processing factories in eastern Zhejiang province in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.  Provincial authorities shuttered more than a dozen massive factories in ...

Hundreds of Truckers Create Informal Nomad Villages While Waiting for Cargo from Chinese Copper Mines in the DRC

Somidez, the Congolese mining unit of the Chinese mining giant China Nonferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC), posted a series of fascinating photos that show the vibrant impromptu communities that form among truckers from across Africa as they wait for days in line to pick up their hauls of ...

Chinese Stakeholders in Uganda Really Want to Change the Conversation About the Entebbe Airport

Both the Chinese embassy in Kampala and the Chinese contractor responsible for upgrading the Entebbe International Airport have been working hard this week to move the conversation away from the debt trap story that dominated the headlines over the past three weeks.

Two Years Late, Lagosians Want to Know Where’s Their New Chinese-Built Airport Terminal

Work on the new international terminal at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is almost done. In fact, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) says it's 95% finished. Yet, the new facility is still not open and that has people in Nigeria's largest city asking what is going ...

UN Warns Supply Chain Disruptions Will Hit Consumers Hard Next Year, Especially in Developing Countries

With shipping containers in critically short supply, the cost of sending goods from China to South Africa has surged from $1,000 a container to $8,000. It's a similar story in Southeast Asia, where container prices have tripled to $3,000 each.
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