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COVID Flare-Ups in China Threaten to Disrupt What’s Otherwise Been a Strong Year For China-Africa Trade

While global trade experiences unprecedented disruptions of major supply chain networks, that turbulence does not appear to have had much effect on the volume of Chinese trade with African countries, at least so far. Chinese ...

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 ...

Energy Think Tank Head Proposes 3 Ways China Can Help to Develop Africa’s Next Generation Power Market

Representatives from eight African countries met with leaders from China's oil and gas industry along with prominent think tank analysts to discuss China-Africa energy cooperation issues in a sideline conference to the Second Belt and Road Ministerial forum on energy trade and investment.

Belt and Road Energy Conference Opens in Qingdao, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to China Among First Day Speakers

Representatives from 32 countries attended the opening day of the Belt and Road Energy Partnership conference in the northern port city of Qingdao on Monday. Ethiopia's ambassador to China Teshome Toga (photo) was among the first day's speakers along with Vice-Premier Han Zheng. ...

China’s Love-Hate Relationship With Coal

If you're confused about China's stance on the use of coal, well, you're definitely not alone. This week, China went on a global coal buying binge in a frantic effort to put a stop to rolling ...

African Coal Exporters Benefitting From China’s Ongoing Electricity Crisis

China is scouring the globe for new sources of coal in an effort to stem the blackouts that have afflicted millions of residents and businesses in at least nine provinces over the past several weeks. While the ongoing crisis is now threatening China's post-pandemic ...

Even After China Bailed on Its Sengwa Coal Plant in Zimbabwe, RioZim Seems Unusually Confident It’ll Find Other Backers

Many presumed that the $3 billion Sengwa coal-fired power plant project in Zimbabwe was doomed after the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China withdrew its support earlier this year as the project's largest financier. Not so, according to plant's owner RioZim that said in its half-year trading ...

This Chart Explains Why DRC President Tshisekedi Wants to Renegotiate Those Chinese Mining Contracts

While DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi has said that he wants to review foreign (mostly Chinese) mining contracts to ensure they're more equitable, he hasn't provided any specific explanation for why he's choosing to do so now. There are many theories ...

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 ...

Xi’s Pledge to Halt Building Coal Plants Overseas Sparks Mix of Excitement, Confusion, and Even Some Concern

Environmentalists around the world celebrated Chinese President Xi Jinping's announcement at the UN this week that Beijing would stop building coal-fired power plants overseas. But the news prompted concern in some of the countries where more than 20 Chinese financed coal-fired power ...

China Will No Longer Build Coal Power Plants Overseas, Xi Tells UN

China's long history of building coal-fired power plants in developing countries around the world is now over, said President Xi Jinping in a short, 15-minute video address to the United Nations General Assembly. "China will step up support ...

New Trends in Chinese Energy & Development Finance

U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry will be in China next week to pressure the government to renounce all future financing of coal power plants around the world. Although China generally does not respond well to foreign demands like ...
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