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Cobus van Staden Has a Warning For Rich Countries: Either You Pay Now to Help Africa With COVID-19 or You Will Pay Later

John MACDOUGALL / POOL / AFP

Cobus van Staden, the senior China-Africa researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg and co-founder of The China Africa Project, published a sharply-worded commentary that condemned the international community’s response to the COVID-19 as “woefully naive.”

Van Staden was equally critical of the Chinese response as he was to that of U.S. and European stakeholders. “Although China has joined the G20’s DSSI in principle,” he said, “its application remains piecemeal and opaque.”

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