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China Singles Out the U.S. in Call to Remove Sanctions on Zimbabwe

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian called out the United States for its role in maintaining international sanctions on Zimbabwe, especially during the pandemic. "The few countries and organizations, such as the United States, should lift illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe as soon as possible," 

The Chinese Embassy in Harare Responds to Zimbabwe’s National Park Mining Ban

The Chinese embassy in Harare responded late last week to the Zimbabwean government's surprise decision to ban all mining activities in the country's five national parks and in most river beds. Although Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa did not mention China by name when announcing the ...

Zimbabwe Government Responds to Public Outrage Over Chinese Coal Mining in Hwange National Park

In a surprise reversal, the Zimbabwean government announced an immediate ban on all mining activities in the country's five national parks. The move was in response to widespread outrage over the government's decision to allow two Chinese companies to begin coal mining operations in the Hwange National ...

NGO Takes Zim Government to Court to Stop Chinese Mining Operations in the Hwange National Park

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association announced that it will take legal action to stop Chinese mining operations in the Hwange National Park. Last week, the Zhongxin Mining Group Tongmao Coal Company began mining in two coal concessions that were allocated ...

Forget About Oil, Cobalt is the Resource of the Future

Strong demand for electric vehicles in China and Europe is expected to bolster the output of cobalt and copper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's mining sector. Today, the DRC is the Saudi Arabia or cobalt. 60-70% of the world's cobalt originates there and China is ...

Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Gets Into Media Spat Over the Return of a Controversial Diamond Mine

In a highly unusual move, the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe published a detailed rebuttal on the Bulawayo24.com website against allegations that they were involved in the return of the controversial Anjin diamond mine. The spat began on Sunday when ...

Chinese Medical Team Arrives in South Sudan

Although Chinese officials and media don't showcase COVID-19 relief efforts in Africa that much anymore, especially compared to the hype these activities received a couple of months ago, medical teams and PPE donations continue apace across the continent. In Juba, the ...

CITES Under Pressure to Crack Down on Elephant Trade and Loosen Restriction on Ivory Sales

Wednesday marked World Elephant Day (yes, apparently elephants also have their own day) and that sparked a heated discussion over the African ivory trade and Zimbabwe's controversial sales of young elephants to China. While conservationists and those who advocate for more relaxed wildlife trade regulations ...

China’s Embassy in Zimbabwe Swats Away Social Media Rumor that a Chinese Evacuation is Underway

Zhao Baogang, China's deputy ambassador at the embassy in Harare, called online reports that Chinese nationals were being evacuated from Zimbabwe "fake news." The rumor ...

China’s Ambassador Stops by the Zimbabwe State House For a Visit With President Mnangagwa

Chinese Ambassador Guo Shaochun paid a visit on Wednesday to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the State House in Harare. Because Zimbabwe is still largely isolated from the United States and Europe, China plays an outsized role in its foreign policy and is a key source of international ...
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