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Namibian President Hage Geingob Requests Additional Chinese Financial Assistance to Fight COVID-19 in Phone Conversation With President Xi Jinping

Namibia's Presidential Spokesman Alfredo Hengari confirmed that President Hage Geingob spoke on the phone with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. President Geingob reportedly communicated his desire for increased Chinese economic engagement in Namibia through “substantial investments, increased grants, and favorable loan assistance," according to ...

Shipment of Chinese-government COVID-19 Aid Arrives in Ghana and Will be Distributed to 18 African Countries

37.6 tons of PPE and other COVID-19 aid arrived at Accra's international airport on Monday as part of a large-scale Chinese government relief operation to provide badly-needed medical supplies to 18 African countries. The supplies contain personal protection equipment ...

Africa to Receive a Second Batch of COVID-19 Medical Supplies From Chinese Billionaire Jack Ma

Alibaba founder and philanthropist Jack Ma announced on Monday that more donations are on their way to help African countries contain the spread of COVID-19. The latest batch of material is more focused on supplying badly-needed medical equipment, including ventilators and thermometers, rather than the Personal Protective ...

Don’t Write Off China’s Medical Diplomacy in Africa Just Because Nigeria Isn’t Happy About It

There's no doubt that the tremendous backlash against the plan to send an 18-person Chinese medical team to Nigeria is catching Beijing off guard. After all, this isn't how it's supposed to go. In Italy and Serbia, Chinese medical staff were received like heroes coming to save ...

Amid Mounting Fury Over the Arrival of a Chinese Medical Team, Nigerian Leaders Agree to Some Ground Rules

New ground rules have been set for the 18-member Chinese medical team that is expected to arrive in Nigeria sometime this week to help the country combat the spread of COVID-19. Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, met with health ministry officials on Monday to determine the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Grappling with African Success

This week saw the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, held in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. As we’ve covered over the last few years, the city is rapidly emerging as a hub of Africa-China trade. It houses a new cocoa trading facility and is a destination for other African agricultural commodities. As an estimated $16 billion in deals were being signed, African commodities like pepper and butter sold ...

Q&A: Infographic Shows How COVID-19 Made it to Africa

A volunteer group of young professionals and graduate students from around the world recently published a compelling new infographic that uses publicly available datasets to visualize how COVID-19 made its way to Africa. What's interesting here is that despite the widespread concern in many African countries that ...