Chinese envoy travels to Zambia as country faces debt crisis

China 04/22/22, 03:27

According to the South China Morning Post, Du Xiaohui, China's 16th ambassador to Zambia, arrived on April 17, when the East African nation faced a debt crisis. Zambia is awaiting a decision from private lenders and the world's 20 wealthiest nations on its application for debt relief under the G20's common ...

Australia says Solomons-China pact’s ‘lack of transparency’

Australia & Oceania 04/18/22, 01:08

In a local television interview on Sunday, April 17, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that there are concerns about a 'lack of transparency' in the controversial proposed security pact between the Solomon Islands and China. According to Bloomberg, Payne said that the concern is "something that should be discussed in ...

83-year-old American nun kidnapped by terrorists in Burkina Faso

World 04/07/22, 08:16

Last Monday, April 4, as a result of a night raid that took place in Burkina Faso, a West African country, an 83-year-old nun was kidnapped by armed men. The news was confirmed this Tuesday by Bishop Théophile Naré of the town of Kaya. Sister Suellen Tennyson of the Congregation of Marianite Sisters ...

Experts comment on leaked treaty between China and Solomon

China 04/02/22, 01:16

Pacific island country Solomon Islands and the Chinese government have sealed a treaty that has aroused international attention. Some experts made comments about the treaty leaked to social media on March 24. The draft of the treaty stated that "Solomon Islands may, according to its own needs, request China to send ...

‘Insulting’: Solomon Islands’ PM brushes off criticism of China security deal

China 04/01/22, 01:11

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, on Tuesday, March 29, dismissed so-called "insulting" concerns from Australia and New Zealand about the leaked draft agreement between the Solomon Islands and China. According to The Guardian, in his first comments to parliament on the proposed treaty, Prime Minister Sogavare said, "We find it ...

Chinese state-own firm lost control of cobalt mine in Congo

Insights 03/04/22, 20:58

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo appointed a temporary administrator to take over China Molybdenum's Tenke Fungurume mine, or TFM, on Monday, March 1, according to Reuters. China Molybdenum or China Moly holds an 80% stake, and state miner Gecamines holds a 20% stake in TFM. The New York Times ...

Sri Lanka’s potential default, incurring China’s ‘debt trap’

Economy 03/04/22, 12:12

In January 2021, Russia and Ukraine accounted for more than a quarter of Sri Lanka's tourism source markets. Russia was also the second-largest buyer of Sri Lanka's tea in January. Both countries had increasingly become an essential source of foreign currency for Sri Lanka. However, under frozen tourism and blocked ...

South African government sues Huawei

Economy 02/12/22, 13:14

According to Reuters, South Africa plans to fine the local unit of Huawei with 1.5 million rands (99,151 dollars) or 2% of the local firm's annual 2020 turnover. On Friday, the labor department said almost 90% of the company's employees were foreign nationals, violating the requirement to employ 60% South Africans ...

Chinese trawlers’ illegal overfishing starving Sierra Leone locals

Insights 02/11/22, 18:11

Fisheries employ 500,000 of the West African nation's nearly 8 million people. The industry accounts for 12% of the economy and provides 80% of the population's protein consumption. But their catch is dwindling rapidly due to widespread overfishing, particularly by Chinese trawler crews. According to President Julius Maada Bio in 2018, ...

Illegal Iranian oil sales to China soared in 2021, defying US ban

Middle East 01/08/22, 15:55

Iran's authoritarian regime continues to openly defy sanctions imposed by the U.S.–led international community by increasing oil sales to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by 40% during 2021. According to a report by the watchdog group tracking illegal Iranian oil tankers, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), not only were the restrictions ...

Newborn baby found alive in Air Mauritius plane toilet bin

News 01/04/22, 09:05

On New Year's Day, a newborn baby was discovered abandoned but alive inside a garbage can on an Air Mauritius jet. The aircraft, registered 3B-NBU, took off from Antananarivo (TNR), Madagascar's capital and largest city, at 17:08 local time and arrived at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius at 19:39 ...