Archive for the ‘China’ Category

How Chinese Companies Have Changed Africa

Via The Economist, a report on how Chinese companies have made their mark on the African continent: Outside a bar in Fungurume, a mining town in Congo, men caked in dust spit peanut shells onto the floor. Inside, where Chinese New Year lanterns hang from the walls, Emmanuel (not his real name) explains how things changed […]

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Roads To Somewhere: Chinese Investment In African Infrastructure

Courtesy of The Economist, an article on Chinese loans and investment in African infrastructure: The Nairobi expressway curves 27km (17 miles) through Kenya’s capital. Built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, a state-owned enterprise (soe), the road will open later this year. Under its concrete pillars, Nairobians share their views of it. Samwel Juma, a […]

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The Struggle For A “Monster” Lithium Deposit

Via Week In China, an article on the struggle for a “monster” lithium deposit in Africa: Chinese ambitions to take control of the biggest lithium mine in Africa looked dead in the water in April 2020 after Canberra blocked the ASX-listed miner AVZ Minerals from selling an 11.8% stake to Chinese firms including CATL (see […]

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative In Kenya

Via Foreign Policy Research Institute, commentary on China’s BRI in Kenya: Through trade, investment, and strategic diplomacy, China is re-shaping sub-Saharan Africa. Beijing has growing economic ties with Africa’s largest economies and Chinese firms dominate infrastructure construction projects. In 2020, nearly one-third of infrastructure projects in Africa worth at least $50 million were built by Chinese companies. […]

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Chinese State Shipping Conglomerate Builds New Belt and Road Hub in Peru

Via Nikkei Asia, a report on COSCO planting its flag in South America with $3bn Peruvian port: Major ports along the west coast of the Americas have been snarled for much of the last two years due to COVID and global shipping challenges such as the Ukraine war.  Outside a sleepy South American fishing town, Chinese […]

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CNOOC Starts Drilling In Brazilian Waters

Via Week in China, an article on CNOOC’s drilling activity in Brazilian waters: Saudi Aramco is jostling with Apple once again for the title of the world’s most valuable company, helped by oil prices that have soared 60% since last year on higher demand and the spillover effect of the disruption in energy markets caused […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.