Laurent Thomet

AFP China deputy bureau chief.

WHO urges calm as China coronavirus death toll reaches 2000

More than 74 000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries

US-China fentanyl case just ‘the tip of the iceberg’

Here is a look at the opioid crisis and the tensions it has caused between China and the United States

Rare earths are the latest weapon in the US-China trade war

Beijing had already dropped a big hint that rare earths could be in the firing line

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties

Meng Wanzhou's December 1 arrest in Vancouver has shaken China's relations with Canada and the United States

China slams ‘inhumane’ treatment of Huawei executive

Meng's arrest on December 1 has infuriated Beijing, rocking stock markets and raising tensions amid a truce in the US-China trade war

China summons US ambassador over Huawei arrest

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, who faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, has infuriated Beijing

Trump says China to cut car tariffs in trade truce

The ceasefire follows months of tensions and tit-for-tat custom duties on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods

China, US to resume trade talks in late August

The two countries are expected to launch a new round of tit-for-tat tariffs on $16-billion worth of goods from each country on August 23

Historic meeting lauds lifetime power for China’s Xi Jinping

Legislators erupted into enthusiastic applause over plans to give the president a lifetime mandate to mould the Asian giant into a superpower.

Trump officially orders wall construction, angering Mexico

The US leader instructed officials to begin to "plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border".

Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated

Independent foreign investigators tore apart the Mexican government's investigation into last year's abduction of 43 students.

Chávez’s protégé Maduro scrapes through Venezuela elections

Venezuela's acting president Nicolas Maduro has been declared the winner of the election by a 50.66% win, attributing his victory to Hugo Chávez.

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Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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