Connecting Africa to China
Chinese startup produces lab-grown pork to rival traditional methods
A Chinese startup, CellX, believes it can produce lab-grown pork cheaper than conventional production methods by 2025. The Shanghai-based biotech firm says it has the technical know-how to overcome some of the challenges posed to the young industry. Food scientists have explored plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives for several... Read more
China-Africa trade show wraps up with promise of more cooperation
The second-ever China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo in Changsha has wrapped up, strengthening the bond between the two trade allies. The four-day event themed ‘New Start, New Opportunities, and New Accomplishments’ was held in person and online, and featured nearly 1 000 enterprises and government officials, including representatives from... Read more
China dominates 6G patents, signals global ambitions
China is ramping up its 6G ambitions at an unprecedented rate. While the world at large is still coming to grips with fifth-generation communication networks, a Nikkei Asia report indicates China accounts for more than 40% of the planet’s 6G patents. The next-generation technology is expected to be operational... Read more
China tests new, safer thorium-powered nuclear plant
Continuing its swift transition to greener energy sources, China is preparing to test a new thorium-powered nuclear plant. Thorium is viewed by the scientific community as more efficient and cleaner fuel than traditional materials. The news comes in the same week Chinese president, Xi Jinping, announced China would cease... Read more
China’s love of South African lemons boosts trade
South Africa’s citrus season may be coming to an end, but local lemon exporters can look forward to a welcome increase in their export numbers to China. In June 2021, South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development signed a new shipping protocol, allowing farmers and exporters... Read more
Space helicopter to significantly boost exploration capabilities
China is further expanding its Mars exploration capabilities. This time China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) looks to add a prototype helicopter to its growing collection of space exploration instruments. Developed by the National Space Science Centre (NSSC), the Mars surface cruiser drone passed its final assessment on the 20th... Read more
China’s planned spacecraft will dwarf International Space Station
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) recently outlined plans to construct a kilometres-long spacecraft. The five-year project aims to address the “urgent need” to build the massive vessel; included are plans to assess the viability of building large vessels while in space and the development of lightweight... Read more
Chinese radiation technique could eradicate malaria in Africa
Chinese researchers are using radiation treatment to combat malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Home to more than 1.3 billion people, China recently eradicated the deadly disease and has turned its attention to assisting other malaria-affected countries, particularly those in Africa. Developed by several prominent researchers and scientists affiliated with... Read more
Chinese scientists develop breakthrough therapy to help combat blindness
A Chinese-led study has found a way to reverse the loss of eyesight in the elderly population, without the need for multiple injections and other intrusive methods. Created with assistance from a prominent Australian immunologist, the study may give hope to the 450 million people worldwide affected by vision... Read more
Chinese team create a new stronger-than-diamonds compound
Chinese researchers have created a “glass” that can cut diamonds. The transparent, yellow-hued material may find use in many industrial applications and is reportedly 20 to 100 times stronger than standard bulletproof windows. The research team, led by Professor Tian Yongjun at Yanshan University in Hebei Province, published the... Read more