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FOCAC PERSPECTIVES: African Civil Society Stakeholders Hope FOCAC Will Lead to a More Inclusive Dialogue With China That Promotes Industrialization and Sustainable Development

Every day leading up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference on November 29th and 30th, CAP will feature perspectives from journalists, academics, activists and business leaders about what they hope will emerge from the FOCAC event in Dakar. If you ...

How China is Facilitating Africa’s “Structural Transformation”

For much of the past 20 years, China has been the indispensable actor in African infrastructure development, financing the construction of thousands of kilometers of new railways and roads along with ports, airports, and power stations. But has it been enough ...

One Kenyan Entrepreneur’s Cautionary Tale About Replacing Chinese Imports With a Locally-made Alternative

Kenya's gaping trade imbalance with China is typical of many African countries that import significantly more than they export to the Chinese market. This has prompted calls going back years for Africans to reduce their dependency on Chinese imports and manufacture more at home, particularly in the ...

Global Metals Market on Edge Following Guinea Coup and Mounting Concerns About China’s Economy

The coup in Guinea combined with new indicators that China's economy may be slowing is contributing to a period of considerable turbulence in global metals markets as investors try to gauge the impact of these trends on Chinese demand for bauxite, copper, and iron ore:

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

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 ...

White House Issues Report On How to Disentangle Critical Materials Supply Chains From China, Just as Apple is Reportedly in Talks With Chinese Battery Makers

Securing reliable supplies of cobalt and other strategic materials from places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo featured prominently in a new White House report that aims to counter China's dominance in this area. The timing of the report, however, comes just as Apple is reported ...

China May Be Providing More Vaccines to Africa Than Anyone Else, But That’s Not Saying Much

China's total vaccine deliveries to Africa increased slightly over the past week by just 300,000 doses to 20.3 million, according to the latest data from the vaccine tracking reporting compiled by the Beijing-based Bridge Consulting. Asia remains the ...

In What Could Be Bad News From the DR Congo, the Cobalt-Free EV Battery May Happen Much Sooner Than We Thought

The world's leading automakers are making much faster progress than anticipated in moving away from electric vehicle batteries that contain cobalt. VW, Tesla, and the Chinese EV giant BYD (the world's second-largest EV maker) have all either developed new cobalt-free batteries or are in late-stage development.

Almost a Third of the World’s Cobalt, Mostly From the DRC, Went to China Last Year

32% of the world's cobalt output went to China, according to the latest annual report published by The Cobalt Institute, an industry-financed organization. In addition to being the largest consumer of cobalt, China is also the dominant producer of refined cobalt that is used ...
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