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China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tussles

If Xi Jinping thought back in May when he promised to make Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines available to developing countries as a "public good" that it would be an easy soft power win, well, he may now be reconsidering that assumption. Sure, ...

Egypt Kicks Off National COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Using Chinese-Made Vaccines

After months of promises, controversies, and disputes over how effective they really are, tens of millions of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines are now on their way to developing countries. On Sunday Egypt became the second country in Africa,

India Moves to Challenge China’s Emerging Dominance in C19 Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries

Developing countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas are now the new front in an increasingly contentious struggle between Asia's two continental powers. India and China, both pharmaceutical manufacturing powerhouses, are jostling over who will become the primary supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to many of the ...

China’s C19 Vaccine Propaganda Campaign: “Who’s Helping Countries in Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, Asia?”

Chinese state media outlets are ramping up a propaganda campaign against so-called "vaccine nationalism" and findings that Chinese-made vaccines are much less effective than those made in the U.S. and Europe (which is actually the case). The effort started in earnest ...

Joe Biden’s Getting a Lot of Advice on How To Reset U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa and It All Calls for Less Focus on China

Scholars, analysts, and commentators in the U.S. and Africa are all offering lots of advice for what Joe Biden should to do to revitalize foreign policy in Africa. Seemingly without exception, the experts agree that Washington urgently needs to shift the focus away from China and towards ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ One of the problems underlying the current crisis is that he’s both right and wrong. South Africa is indeed, as Ramaphosa called it, a ‘hard-fought-for democracy.’ ...

Despite Lots of M&A Activity in the Cobalt Mining Sector, Chinese Imports of the Precious Metal Fell Sharply in 2020

Chinese cobalt imports fell 41.8% last year compared to the volumes shipped from the DRC in 2019, according to the mining news website Argus Media. The lockdowns in response to COVID-19 at the mines in the DRC and at South African ports, from where the precious metal ...

Senegalese and Chinese Officials Meet to Plan This Year’s Upcoming China-Africa Summit

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li and the Senegalese President's Chief Foreign Affairs Adviser Dunbar Ba met virtually on Friday to discuss plans for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit that will be held sometime later this year in Dakar. Precisely ...