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Q&A: Kenya’s Ambassador to China Reflects on the Current State of Ties With Beijing

China-Kenya relations are at a critical stage as the two countries face enormous challenges related to debt sustainability, a severe trade imbalance, and the public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, Kenya remains a strategically vital country for China as a key hub on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

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.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

Week in Review: Trade, Tilapia and Transmission Lines

Wycliffe Oparanya, governor of Kenya's Kakamega County, opened a new $120 million EU-financed fish processing factory that is intended to help Kenya reduce its dependence on imported Chinese tilapia and increase exports to Europe. Local fishers have long complained that low-cost Chinese imports, which they claim are also ...

New Guidelines Suggest Chinese Government Wants Companies to Be Greener When Investing Abroad

The Chinese government appears to be taking much more concrete steps in promoting more environmentally sustainable foreign direct investment. Two of the country's largest ministries, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Environment and Ecology, jointly published ...

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 ...

African Iron Ore Producers Poised to Benefit From Supply Constraints Brought on By Disruptions in Australia and Brazil

Strong demand from Chinese steel mills, combined with supply disruptions in two of the world's largest iron ore producing countries, Brazil and Australia, will help to maintain near record-high ore prices, according to analyst forecasts. Chinese buyers may turn more to ...

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. ...

The Future of a Critical Nigerian Pipeline Now in Jeopardy as Chinese Lenders Balk

The fate of a multi-billion billion gas pipeline project in Nigeria is now in question after Chinese lenders have seemingly backed out of the deal, forcing the Federal Government to look elsewhere to raise the missing capital. The Bank of China ...

Week in Review: Minerals, Mayhem and Mediation

With most strategic mineral exports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo shipped to China through the port of Durban in South Africa, the recent closure of the N3 highway that connects the port to Johannesburg presents a potentially costly disruption to vital supply chains. Authorities were forced ...

Chinese Businesses in South Africa Form Armed Self Defense Groups to Protect Their Property From Looters

Chinese business owners in KwaZulu-Natal's third-largest city Newscastle are forming armed civil patrols to protect their property and residents from the violent protests that have steadily escalated since July 8th, according to a report published by the Chengdu Commercial Daily newspaper. The Newcastle area ...

A Lot of People Mistakenly Think China’s The Major Funder of Coal Plants Around the World. New BU Report Says That’s Not the Case.

China is indeed the largest government funder of coal power projects around the world, accounting for 50% of coal projects that reached financial closure between 2013 and 2018, according to a new policy brief from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center.

Chinese Ambassador and Egyptian PM Visit Local Factory That Will Produce Sinovac Vaccines

China's ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang was accompanied last week by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly for an onsite visit of the Egyptian pharmaceutical plant that will serve as a manufacturing hub for Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. Already, the facility has produced a million doses that will be available for ...
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