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Chinese Tobacco Firm Helps Zimbabwe To Generate Much-Needed Foreign Income

In a single file, farm workers carry up to 25 kilogrammes of Virginia leaf tobacco on their shoulders.  Titus Gurupira (45), a farmer on a farm in Mvurwi, 100 km north of Harare, pleads with his workers to hurry with the picking ahead of the hectic marketing ...

U.S. Congressional Report: Africa is a “Cornerstone” of China’s Ambition to Revise the International Order

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (aka USCC), a congressionally-mandated U.S. government commission, submitted its annual report to Congress on Tuesday. The report provides a broad overview of how the United States perceives geostrategic competition with China across a variety ...

Amid Rising COVID Infection Rates, Kenya Looks to China For Help in Securing Vaccine Supplies

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Health Ministry to open talks with China to secure supplies of a future COVID-19 vaccine. Until now, Kenya had planned to depend on the global vaccine alliance known as Covax but amid a new wave of infections and mounting ...

Global Times: Africa and Latin America Will Prefer a Chinese-Made COVID-19 Vaccine

Chinese propaganda outlets are moving to frame the narrative that Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines are better suited for developing countries compared to those made by U.S. and European organizations.  "African and some Latin American countries would prefer Chinese-developed inactivated vaccines, due to ...

FOCAC at 20: Deborah Brautigam Looks Back at Two Decades of China-Africa Summits

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the first triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit convened in Beijing. Now, preparations are underway for the next FOCAC gathering, scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal -- although whether it will be an in-person or online gathering will ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

China Taps Into African Anger Over Antiquities Stolen During the Colonial Period

There's recently been a noticeable increase in discussions on China's diplomatic Twitter accounts in Africa and in official media about the return of antiquities stolen during the colonial era. This has long been a point of contention between African countries and European museums, who continue to hold ...

China and the Race to Supply C19 Vaccines in Africa

A palpable sense of anxiety is emerging from a number of African capitals that when COVID-19 vaccines are finally available, poorer, lesser-developed countries are going to once again be at the end of the line.  We saw this earlier this week ...