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Three of the six Chinese super trawlers that were denied fishing permits by the Liberian government docked in Monrovia. Photo via Environmental Justice Foundation.

After months of deliberations, Liberia’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announced last week that it would deny permits to six Chinese super-trawlers to fish in its territorial waters. The trawlers arrived earlier this year and immediately sparked widespread concern that their ability to catch 12,000 metric tons of fish would wipe out the country’s yearly sustainable catch, jeopardizing both the maritime ecosystem and the livelihoods of coastal populations.

NaFAA Director-General Emma Metieh Glassco granting licenses for these Chinese trawlers would have been a “breach of international protocols.” …

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Iron ore, tantalum, cobalt, coltan, and a handful of other strategically important minerals and elements are at the center of an increasingly heated battle for the control of global supply chains among the world’s largest economies.

Leaders in Europe and the United States have worried for years about China’s growing dominance in the extraction and processing of certain vital raw materials like cobalt and tantalum. …

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking a technology conference in Paris. Photo via State House (Kenya).

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta looked like he had a great time in France last week. After all, the weather in Paris this time of year is absolutely lovely and this being his first trip out of the country since the COVID-19 outbreak, he was able to get away from the increasingly nasty fight that he’s having with his own deputy president, William Ruto, who’s vying for his job in the next election.

The food, the weather, and the break from Nairobi’s intense politics are all wonderful but those seemed to pale in comparison to the sheer joy that both President Kenyatta and his host, President Emmanuel Macron took in signing large infrastructure financing deals that they both claim will pioneer a new era of development finance in Africa. …


Eric Olander 欧瑞克

Managing Editor of The China Africa Project

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