Montenegro (and China)

Situated on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe, Montenegro is known for its magnificent and unparalleled natural beauty. Emerging as a sovereign state in 2006, Montenegro is a member of NATO, uses the euro as its currency, and is an official candidate country for EU membership. * Het nog 'n klein landjie hul hande heeltemal… Continue reading Montenegro (and China)

Limpopo, South Africa – China deal

It was reported in Noseweek that Ramaphosa personally signed the deal on his visit to China in October 2019.    There was a thought or question, was this recklessness, a measure of the government’s desperation?  As standard practice, the labour to construct and run the multiple power stations and smelters (tax free) will be Chinese. … Continue reading Limpopo, South Africa – China deal

Mysterious seeds from China or … ?

  “Do not plant seeds from unknown origins,” the USDA urged in a statement.    The mysterious, unsolicited packages of seeds supposedly being sent from China to homes across America, Canada, UK, and other countries –  may be invasive species and could be tied to a fake product review scam, police and officials are saying.     *… Continue reading Mysterious seeds from China or … ?

Masks … and … – “made in China”

What a coincidence?   Many companies in China, including underwear and ship makers, have transformed their businesses to cater to the rising demand for masks amid the coronavirus epidemic. Now, a new participant has joined the list: China's leading new energy vehicle manufacturer BYD.   In BYD's Baolong industrial garden in the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, Guangdong… Continue reading Masks … and … – “made in China”

Repatriation of South Africans from Wuhan, Hubei, China

  Cyril Ramaphosa has directed the repatriation of South African citizens from Wuhan city in Hubei province, China. Cabinet has decided on this course of action after due consideration of the circumstances, and following several requests from the families of South Africans in the city.   Daar sal 'n poging van die regering aangewend word om… Continue reading Repatriation of South Africans from Wuhan, Hubei, China

Limpopo – China project – Energy Metallurgical Base

China kon nie wag om so groot hap uit die land te verkry nie - dit het net te maklik gebeur, en mens kan nie anders as om te wonder wat is in ruil hiervoor - ryk neerslae minerale kom hier voor?   Dit wil voorkom of die Chinese basies op die grens tussen Suid-Afrika en… Continue reading Limpopo – China project – Energy Metallurgical Base

Report warned of Coronavirus

  A-year-old report had warned China of a potential coronavirus outbreak. In the report, Chinese scientists called for urgent countermeasures to stop such an outbreak. Our Eum Ji-young has more. It turns out a Chinese research team warned the medical world last year of the potential for the outbreak of coronaviruses from bats. * Bat… Continue reading Report warned of Coronavirus

The Spy …

  A Chinese spy has risked his life to defect to Australia and is now offering a trove of unprecedented inside intelligence on how China conducts its interference operations abroad.   Wang “William” Liqiang is the first Chinese operative to ever blow his cover. He has revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in… Continue reading The Spy …

Coronavirus – China (2019-nCoV)

It is reported on 22 January 2020 that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, officially called 2019-nCoV, has killed 17 people and infected at least 554 others in China as of Wednesday. The US confirmed its first case, a man in his 30s in Washington state who had visited China.    Scientists are still scrambling to fully understand… Continue reading Coronavirus – China (2019-nCoV)

Mt Weld Central Lanthanide Deposit

  The Mt Weld Central Lanthanide Deposit (CLD) is one of the highest grade rare earth deposits in the world. Mt Weld also hosts the undeveloped Duncan (rare earth), Crown (niobium, tantalum, titanium, rare earths, zirconium) and Swan (phosphate) deposits.  Lynas processes the CLD ore at the Mt Weld Concentration Plant to produce a rare earth… Continue reading Mt Weld Central Lanthanide Deposit

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

Mocambique – China – GAS

Gas is lankal op die horison - maar dis nou "vriendskap en samewerking" asook eiendom.   Gas, steenkool, goud en veral hout word uitgevoer - ontbossing vind redelik plaas. Wie gaan uiteindelik die "gas", steenkool, goud en ander minerale beheer in hierdie area - Mosambiek of iemand anders?    Who will be in control of all the… Continue reading Mocambique – China – GAS