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The New Era of High-Risk, High-Reward “Vaccine Diplomacy” is Here

Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his oft-stated promise that developing countries, specifically those in Africa, will receive priority access to a Chinese-produced COVID-19 vaccine when it's available for distribution. President Xi made the comments during a phone call yesterday with Morocco's ...

Japanese PM Abe Was a Big Proponent of Engagement With Africa, What Happens Now That He’s Stepping Down?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced last week that he will step down for health reasons, was an enthusiastic proponent of a robust African engagement strategy. In particular, the prime minister advocated for a trade-led foreign policy with Africa that was highlighted ...

Indian, U.S. Perspectives on Taiwan-Somaliland Relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the Czech Republic's senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will "pay a heavy price" for violating Beijing's sacrosanct "One China" policy for his ongoing visit to Taiwan. Foreign Minister Wang's sharp tone offers a preview ...

There’s a Complex Mix of Historical Anxiety Wrapped Into Nigerians’ Concerns Over Chinese Loans

To get a sense of just how widespread the concern is in Nigeria over Chinese loans, head over to the Twitter page of popular comedian and actor Bright Okpocha, aka Basketmouth, where since last Thursday he's pinned a semi-serious ...

China-Africa Relations in 2020: Perceptions and Realities

Just by looking at social media and news coverage in countries like Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, it would be safe to assume that China-Africa ties are in serious trouble. The prevailing narrative in many countries is one where Africa is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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