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China’s Domestic Vaccine Drive Falls Behind as Beijing Exports More Jabs Abroad

China appears to be prioritizing international distribution of COVID-19 vaccines ahead of inoculating its own people, according to new data compiled by the South China Morning Post. The Hong Kong-based newspaper estimates that as of Monday, China has ...

With Chinese-Made Jabs in Hand, Zimbabwe to Kick Off National Vaccination Drive

200,000 doses of donated Chinese COVID-19 vaccines landed at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare on Monday, providing a badly-needed boost for the Zimbabwean government in its battle against the rapidly spreading virus. Another 600,000 doses are expected ...

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama Reflects on Ties With China: We Are Not “Blind and Gullible”

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama is the latest senior African stakeholder to push back against the accusation that China is taking advantage of Africa in general and his country in particular. "It is not totally accurate to make it sound as if we go into these relationships ...

China’s Commerce Ministry Formally Congratulates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Her Appointment as New WTO Head

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Monday officially congratulated Nigerian-American Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment to become the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization.  This was widely expected given that Beijing was among Okonjo-Iweala's more enthusiastic supporters, particularly ...

How Mauritius Fits Into China’s “Small State First” Global Trade Strategy

China is targeting small states like Mauritius, Iceland, and New Zealand to strike free trade agreement and other trade pacts rather than larger, more politically cumbersome regional deals with more powerful entities like the European Union, according to a new article by Lauren Johnston ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s African Debt Experiment

The Financial Times today published a deep dive into the issue of Chinese lending to African countries and what struck me was how it crystallizes some of the underlying issues that aren’t necessarily made clear in the debt debate.

In the first place, it shows that Africa’s need for financing far outstrips both the available financing options and the continent’s current ability to repay them. The Calvinist logic that underlies much of ...