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