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Alibaba’s Formidable Logistics Operation Teams Up With Ethiopian Airlines to Deliver C19 Vaccines Around the World

China is turning to Alibaba, the massive Chinese e-commerce company, to help with the logistics in the distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines to countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.  Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, Alibaba's enormous distribution division, 

African Countries Are Going to Need Vaccines From China and Other Providers Since COVAX Supplies Will be Insufficient and Too Costly

New data from the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined highlights how expensive it's going to be to vaccinate a sufficient portion of the population in Africa to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. $5 billion is needed to cover the cost of two-dose vaccinations for just 20% ...

Report: Chinese FDI Trends in the COVID-19 Era Raise Implications for BRI Partner Countries

The London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute published its first Economic Pulse report detailing Chinese overseas investment patterns during the pandemic and what the implications are for countries along the Belt and Road. The report contains a mix of ...

The 5 Chinese Weapons Manufacturers You Should Know About

China is now among the world's top five largest arms exporting countries alongside the U.S., Germany, France and Russia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) annual report on global weapons sales. Although China's becoming an increasingly important actor ...

10,000+ Participate in China-Kenya Digital Trade Show, Say Organizers

Since the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, China has struggled to find new ways to conduct the B2B trade shows that have been so effective in the past at connecting Chinese and African merchants. Some of the online-only fairs that took place in the spring and early ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Long Arc of Chinese Lending to Africa

The biggest headline from November’s FOCAC meeting was China’s pivot away from infrastructure funding. But like many FOCAC headlines, it needs several asterisks. In the first place, the pivot might actually be away from a particular infrastructure model (massive projects funded with large bilateral Chinese policy bank loans and built by Chinese state-owned enterprises) rather than from infrastructure-building itself.

The larger question is what China is pivoting to. Instead of ...

It’s Getting a Lot Easier For African Shoppers to Buy Stuff on Alibaba and That Could Have a Huge Impact

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has been rather slow to enter the African market, focusing instead on other emerging markets like Southeast Asia where it's developing its Lazada brand. But now it appears that the Hangzhou-based company is ramping up its engagement on the continent with new ...

Alibaba Gives a Shot in the Arm to China’s Vaccine Distribution Plan for Africa

China's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Africa is slowly starting to come into focus. Yesterday's news that Cainiao (菜鸟网络科技有限公司), the powerful logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is teaming up with Ethiopian Airlines to build an international cold-chain network with hubs in ...