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DRC Industry Minister Meets With Two Key Chinese Players in the EV Battery Business

A meeting last week between a pair of senior Chinese executives and the DR Congo's Industry Minister, Julien Paluku, hints that the government is moving to expand domestic processing of raw materials used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries.

U.S. Under Secretary Underplays New Cold War While Leaning Into Battery Metals Race with China

The United States doesn’t want to force countries to choose between it and China, as long as Chinese investments follow “the highest standards,” according to US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose W Fernandez. While he focused on environmental and labor concerns, ...

Lightning Round: U.S. Summits, Huawei and Chinese Mining in the DRC

In this Lightning Round edition of the show, CAP Managing Editor Cobus van Staden and CAP Francophone Editor Geraud Neema break down three of the week's big stories. First, Cobus explains why African leaders would ...

Chinese and Australian Companies Battle For Control of Massive Congolese Lithium Mine

Two mining majors, one from China and the other from Australia, are fighting a pitched battle over a 15% share of the massive Manono lithium mine in the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. While normally such a small ...

Ghanaian Chief Pleads For Government to Better Protect His Community’s Land From Illegal Chinese Miners

A local chief in southern Ghana convened a press conference over the weekend to issue a public appeal for the government to do more to protect his community's land against illegal Chinese miners. Nana Gyamera Kwabena Yiakwah II claimed that Chinese ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Sinosteel Signs Iron Ore Deal with Cameroon

The Chinese state-owned steelmaker Sinosteel signed a $690 million deal to mine iron ore at southern Cameroon’s Lobe Mine. The deal is part of China’s ongoing attempts to lessen its dependence on Australian iron ore, as it also diversifies its sourcing away from other major ...

China and the Future of Environmental Governance in Ghana

Ghana's worsening economic crisis is prompting concerns it will further erode the country's already weak environmental governance system that Chinese actors have profited from in the mining, fishing, and timber sectors. Meantime, local communities across the country suffer amid declining fish ...

Damning Report Documents How Small-Scale Chinese Cobalt Miners in the DR Congo Use Child Labor

The popular Congolese news site Actualites.CD published an in-depth report by Lumbubashi-based journalist Anto Mulanga that details the widespread use of child labor in small-scale mines in the southeastern cobalt mining belt. While the report is not exclusively focused ...

Chinese Miner Sinomine Announces Pivot Away from Zambia, Citing Debt Crisis

The Chinese mineral exploration and mining company Sinomine (aka China Mining Resources Group) announced on Tuesday that it’s withdrawing from a mining and construction contract with the Zambian government because of Zambia’s debt crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The company 

TRANSLATION: Chinese Ambassador Zhu Jing Reflects on His First Visit to the Congo’s Strategically Vital Southern Mining Zone

Chinese ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, is back in Kinshasa now after a week-long tour earlier this month to the country's strategically important mining zones in Lualaba and Katanga Provinces. Those two regions are at the heart of a rapidly escalating geopolitical ...
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