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China’s Largest EV Battery Manufacturer Wants to Move Beyond Cobalt

While Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars to build new cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a broader effort to control the global electric vehicle battery market, they're also moving fast to develop new batteries that, in the future, won't rely ...

In What Could be An Ominous Sign For Other Developing Countries, Vietnam Reports Severe Supply Shortages From China

Electronics retailers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub, are reporting acute shortages of laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices imported from China. Logistics experts there say the disruptions are due to what's described as a "perfect storm" of supply chain disruption that could ...

SolarTaxi: The Hot Ghanaian Start-Up Powered by Low-Cost Chinese Tech

Tech entrepreneur Jorge Appiah wants to revolutionize how people and goods get around Ghana by making transportation cheaper and, more important, cleaner. The CEO and Founder of SolarTaxi, a start-up launched in 2019 focused on electric-powered mobility solutions for both businesses and consumers, is ...

Forget Cobalt, China Wants More of the Lithium Market To Power Electric Vehicles

The Chinese copper and gold mining giant Zijin Mining Group Co. took investors by surprise last week when it bought the Canadian company Neo Lithium Corp.'s South American lithium mining assets for $770 million. The deal highlights the growing importance that Chinese mining companies and electric vehicle battery ...

China Shuns World’s Poorest Countries For COVID Vaccine Distribution

The overwhelming majority of Chinese COVID vaccines have been sold to middle-income countries with only about 2% going to low-income states, according to new research by the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Since ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Chinese Mobile Phone Brands Want to do in Latin America What They’ve Done in Africa

Chinese mobile phone makers are steadily expanding their market share in Latin America where they're now among the top three brands in some of the region's largest markets including Mexico, Peru and Chile, according to data from the telecommunications research agency Counterpoint.

Ford’s CEO is Unhappy with China and the DRC’s Control Over EV Supply Chain

Ford chief executive Jim Farley said the cost of electric vehicles remains too high, in part because of the cost of importing key raw materials like cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and relying on batteries made in China. Instead, Farley called for both to ...

Meet Wang Yao, Entrepreneur, Vlogger, and a Guy Who Looks Like He’s Living His Best Life in Kenya

Wang Yao 王垚 is a truly unique character who's not only built a hugely successful second-hand clothing business in Kenya but has also become a celebrity on Chinese social media platforms where he now has almost 5 million followers. Wang first came ...

Chinese Beverage Brand Gante Thinks African Basketball Fans Will Want to Buy Its “Hundred Year Old” Bottled Water

Uganda upset Nigeria on Wednesday to move on to the quarterfinals of the AfroBasket 2021 tournament in Kigali... equally interesting, though, at the game were ads for the Chinese beverage brand Ganten and its 百岁山 (Hundred Year Old) bottled water brand that were on ...

Can Africa Learn Anything From How China Runs Its State Companies?

As African countries work to rebuild their economies from the wreckage caused by the ongoing COVID pandemic, policymakers will be looking at what they can do to bolster their countries' state-owned enterprises (SOE). That may prompt them to examine China's model ...
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