Russian and Chinese naval vessels heading for South Africa

The Russian Navy is sending its Slava class missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov (055), accompanied by the Project Sliva class rescue tug SB-406 and tanker Vyazma. These vessels left the port of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea on 11 November as part of their long-distance voyage, having departed the Northern Fleet’s main naval base of Severomorsk on… Continue reading Russian and Chinese naval vessels heading for South Africa

Within China

  September 2018 - A BRUTAL crackdown against religion in China has seen crosses hauled down from Christian churches and replaced with portraits of the country’s President Xi Jinping and former Communist Party leader Mao Zedong.    He said the only places where the Bible could be discussed freely were small church set-ups in houses, where… Continue reading Within China

Giant underground ocean hidden in the middle of this Chinese desert

When we think about the deserts of the world, water abundance is one of the last things that come to mind. But that might change for the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China.   While studying the amount of carbon dioxide in the desert's air, a team of researchers was surprised to learn that large amounts of… Continue reading Giant underground ocean hidden in the middle of this Chinese desert

Rare earths – US > China

Roughly 80 percent of U.S. imports come from China, according to the U.S.Geological Survey. As of 2018, the top three rare-earths producers were China, at 120,000 metric tons; Australia, at 20,000 metric tons; and the United States, at 15,000 metric tons. Beijing has readied a plan to restrict exports of rare earths to the U.S. if needed, as both sides in the… Continue reading Rare earths – US > China

China in Africa

Chinese debt traps are ensnaring African nations. In some cases, there may be no way out... Is this Bad news for Africa.    CHINA’S increased lending to governments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has the potential to support economic growth, but also amplifies credit risks for countries with already high debt burdens and deteriorating external positions, Moody’s… Continue reading China in Africa

East Africa – Africa Migrations

Die "migrasie" na ander lande word hier amptelik aangeteken, maar die wat "onwettig" deurgaan word nes in Suid-Afrika nie rekord van gehou nie.  By ons, meer as dubbeld as wat ons burgers is in die land - almal soek gratis behuising, medies, dienste, skole, toelaes - 'n hele maatskaplike kontinent wat gedeeltes hier kom afpak.… Continue reading East Africa – Africa Migrations

SAIIA

LET OP WIE DIE BEFONDSING GEE SAIIA - South African Institute of International Affairs In terms of their website, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent public policy think tank advancing a well governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa.   Their research on foreign policy focuses on regional peace and security,… Continue reading SAIIA