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As Demand in China Falls, Vietnam’s Rice Exporters Encouraged to Look to Africa

Vietnam is the world's third-largest rice exporter behind India and Thailand. Until recently, China was the country's largest export market but trade disruptions and falling demand due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is prompting the Vietnamese to looking further afield for new markets... ...

Chinese Embassy in Kenya Takes to Twitter to Confront Online Rumors

The Chinese embassy in Nairobi is directly confronting an online rumor circulated by Twitter user Robert Alai to his 1.3 million followers that a Chinese worker infected with COVID-19 bribed an immigration officer at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and is now hiding out at a campsite. 

Kenya’s Ambassador to China Issues Emotional Plea on Behalf of Trapped Students in Wuhan

Kenya's Ambassador to China, Sarah Serem, issued an emotional statement on behalf of the dozens of Kenyan students who remain trapped in Wuhan, the epicenter of the worsening COVID-19 outbreak:  Going through the daily updates of the impact of the coronavirus ...

It Shouldn’t be a Huge Surprise That China is Not Pleased With Pompeo’s Africa Tour

One of China's leading English-language newspapers took aim at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his ongoing three-nation African tour. In a sharply worded editorial published on Monday, China Daily described U.S. policy as "demeaning" and "arrogant."  The newspaper also rebutted ...

After Avoiding the Issue in Senegal, China Creeps Back into Pompeo’s Messaging in Angola

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his visit to Angola, the second stop on a three-nation African tour, where he largely stayed on message promoting U.S. business interests and focusing on anti-corruption issues. But unlike in Senegal where the Secretary avoided any public mention of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

African Students in Wuhan Will Soon Reach a Breaking Point

It's totally understandable why Kenya, Ghana and most other African governments have been reluctant to repatriate their students from Wuhan. These countries are struggling to fortify their defenses against a COVID-19 outbreak and the prospect of bringing home hundreds of potentially infected students is no doubt daunting. ...

Nigeria Doesn’t Want to Have to Choose Between the U.S. & China

Tensions between the United States and China have deteriorated significantly in recent years amid bitter disputes over trade, technology and geopolitical competition around the world. Other countries are increasingly being drawn into this rivalry and either directly or indirectly forced ...