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Where Does China Buy Its Oil?

Africa's share of China's oil imports has been steadily declining over the past 15 years but the continent nonetheless remains Beijing's second-largest source of crude after the Persian Gulf. In 2008, according to George Washington University China-Africa scholar David Shinn, China imported close ...

China’s Decision To Hold on To Its Oil Assets in Sudan May Now Start To Pay Off

Sudan's oil industry is starting to rumble back to life, following this year's landmark peace agreement with rival South Sudan and a dramatic improvement in ties with the United States, which recently took Khartoum off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

With Prices Low Again, China To Go on Another Oil Buying Binge That Will Help Some African Countries More Than Others

China's Ministry of Commerce is going to allow private companies and other "non-state entities" to buy 20% more oil next year in a move that will be enthusiastically welcomed by beleaguered oil-producing states, including many in Africa, currently suffering from persistently low prices. ...

Zambia Stands to Benefit From Rising Copper Prices Due to Heightened Chinese Demand

While Zambia tries to figure out how if/how it plans to restructure its $12 billion debt portfolio, government coffers stand to benefit from resurgent copper prices, a major source of export earnings. The price of copper recently ...

Conservation Group Reports “Appalling” Human Rights Violations Aboard Chinese-Owned Fishing Trawlers in Ghana

The London-based conservation group Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) published a damning report on Monday that details "appalling" human rights violations aboard Chinese-owned fishing trawlers that operate in Ghanaian waters. The report details extensive exploitation of local crew members by Chinese managers ...

How COVID-19 is Impacting the Africa-Asia Wildlife Trade

Amid the shutdowns in both Asia and Africa due to the COVID-19 outbreak there've been serious disruptions to the illegal wildlife trade between the two continents. But even though it's been harder to get African wildlife products to markets in China, ...

Cobalt Prices Slump Even as China Ramps Up Imports and the U.S. Declares National Emergency Over Critical Materials Supply Chains

Neither China's recent cobalt buying binge nor a declaration of a state of emergency by U.S. President Donald Trump about securing the supply chains for strategic minerals, including cobalt, have been enough to boost the price of the chemical element, which is used to make batteries for ...

U.S. Government Targets African Twitter Users With Paid Campaign Criticizing Chinese Fishing Practices

Senegal-based freelance journalist James Courtright noticed an interesting paid tweet from the U.S. government's official French language account that appeared in his feed this week. The "promoted" post (that means "paid" in Twitter's vernacular) attacked China's distant fishing operations around the world: ...

Q&A: Liberia’s Decision to Deny Fishing Permits to 6 Chinese Super Trawlers “Sends a Powerful Message”

After months of deliberations, Liberia's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announced last week that it would deny permits to six Chinese super-trawlers to fish in its territorial waters. The trawlers arrived earlier this year and immediately sparked widespread concern that their ability to catch 12,000 metric ...

Africa’s Strategic Mineral Deposits Now at the Center of an Increasingly Fraught Great Power Competition

Iron ore, tantalum, cobalt, coltan, and a handful of other strategically important minerals and elements are at the center of an increasingly heated battle for the control of global supply chains among the world's largest economies. Leaders in Europe and the ...
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