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Q&A: How Illegal Chinese Logging Fuels the Islamic Insurgency in Mozambique

This Spring’s crackdown on illegal mining activities in Ghana, including by some Chinese nationals, and the recent high-profile incidents of illicit mining by Chinese companies in the eastern DR Congo have put a spotlight on the issue of unregulated Chinese resource extraction in other ...

Terrorists in Pakistan Again Target Chinese Nationals in What’s Become an Unprecedented Challenge For the Belt and Road

Residents of the Pakistani port city of Gwadar gathered this weekend to mourn the death of two children killed on Friday by a suicide bomber who once again targeted Chinese nationals. A group called the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack, the third ...

Fearful of an Attack, Namibian Police Increase Protection of Chinese Nationals and Businesses

Chinese and Namibian authorities are sufficiently concerned about the possibility of a "terrorist attack" that regional Namibian police have been ordered to tighten security for Chinese nationals and businesses operating in the country. Namibia's police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the move ...

Why the Chinese Embassy in DRC Needs To Take Labor Abuse Videos Seriously

China's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, is probably hoping that the fuss from the recent emergence of multiple social videos that depict violent abuse of local Congolese workers by Chinese managers will blow over. ...

South Africa’s Chinese Communities in Shock After Last Week’s Violence

Chinese merchants in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province are digging through the rubble of their looted stores and burned out factories following last week's spasm of mass violence that left more than 200 people dead and caused $1+ billion in property damage. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ 

South African Resource Exports to China Struggle to Get Going Again After Last Week’s Mayhem

Exports of critical minerals and other extractive commodities to China through South Africa's main port in Durban remain intermittent as the country digs itself out of the wreckage brought on by last week's mass protests and looting. At least 212 people died in the violence. ...

Three Chinese Construction Workers Kidnapped in Mali

A trio of Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were kidnapped at gunpoint from a road construction site in southwestern Mali on Saturday by unknown militants. The assailants destroyed equipment including a crane and dump trucks belonging to Chinese construction firm COVEC, ...

Weibo User: Where Are the Wolf Warriors to Rescue Chinese Nationals in South Africa?

Where's Wu Jing and the Wolf Warriors to help overseas Chinese impacted by the violence in South Africa wondered Weibo user "Little Tiger" (某小老虎) in a post on the Chinese social network on Wednesday. Although "

China Malls Looted and Burned in South Africa Riots

China Malls in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province are among the commercial centers being looted and burned in the worsening protests that are ravaging a number of major South African cities. It doesn't appear that the China Malls, like ...
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