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Author Erik Bruyland on Why No One Should Be Surprised That the Sicomines Deal Is Now a Huge Mess

It was once described as the "Deal of the Century" now, 13 years later, the Sino-Congolese joint venture known as Sicomines is the focal point of a bitter dispute over whether this $6 billion copper and cobalt venture was established on wholly unfair terms.  ...

Pressure From the Government & IMF Mounting on Chinese Mining Companies in the DRC

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi is again turning up the pressure on Chinese mining companies with his drive to re-evaluate mining contracts that were negotiated under his predecessor's tenure. During a Council of Ministers meeting on Friday, ...

African Textile Unions Call For Increased Government Protection Against Illegal Imports From China

Years of illegal textile imports and low-cost replicas from China have decimated Africa's once-thriving textile manufacturing sector and labor unions across the continent are calling on the government to do something about it. At a recent meeting of IndustriAll Global Union ...

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.’ 

EJF: Chinese Fishing Trawler Captains Bribe and Intimidate Ghanaian Government Observers

The Ghanaian government's efforts to monitor and report illegal fishing activities on trawlers operating under its flag, many owned by Chinese companies, has been critically undermined through intimidation and bribery, according to a damning new report by the London-based non-profit Environmental Justice Foundation.

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 ...

China’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone Pays a Visit to the Anti-Corruption HQ, Donates Equipment

Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone Hu Ziangliang paid a visit on Wednesday to the headquarters of the SL's Anti-Corruption Commission. He met with Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala and participated in a handover ceremony of computers and other equipment. While many stakeholders ...

Ghanaian Rosewood is Showing Up in China But No One’s Really Sure How It’s Getting There

Ghana's former Lands Minister, Inusah Fuseini, acknowledged that despite the ban on rosewood exports that he imposed when he was in office, large quantities of the precious timber are being smuggled to China, but he just doesn't seem to know how traffickers are getting away with it. ...

Hundreds of Thousands of Ghanaian Rosewood Logs Were Illegally Smuggled to China While This Man Was Lands Minister, Now he Too is On His Way to China… as Ambassador

During the time that Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh was Ghana's Lands and Natural Resource Minister, an estimated 147,000 kilograms illegally logged rosewood was smuggled out of the country to China. And yet, not one person was ever arrested during Asomah-Cheremeh's tenure as minister. Now, he too is on his way ...

Uganda Government Refutes WSJ Report That President Yoweri Museveni Received Chinese COVID Vaccination Last Year

Ugandan Health Minister June Aceng responded to a recent Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday that alleged President Yoweri Museveni and his inner circle all received preferential access to Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccinations last year, when a shipment of 4,000 doses was brought into the country ...

Chinese National Bestowed With Honorary Chief Title in Ghana Says He Doesn’t Want it Anymore After Massive Uproar

A Chinese national, Sun Qiang, who was enstooled as a development chief, an honorary appointment with no authority, has now refused the title after widespread anger in the town of Kwahu Abetifi and across Ghana. A spokesperson for Sun ...
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