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At UN Security Council Meeting, Chinese FM Wang Yi Takes Aim at Wealthy Countries For Hoarding Vaccines

China is escalating its criticism of wealthy countries, predominantly in North America and Europe, for hoarding the world's supply of COVID-19 vaccines at the expense of developing nations in the Global South. Foreign Minister Wang Yi was unsparing yesterday at a virtual UN Security ...

Senegal’s First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive From China

200,000 doses of vaccines arrived from China in the Senegalese capital Dakar late Wednesday night. This is the country's first batch of jabs, which cost $3.7 million to secure -- that's a pricey $19 per injection. Senegal is also scheduled to receive around 1.3 million doses from ...

China’s Vaccine Distribution by Region and Pharmaceutical Brand

It's interesting to note how China's vaccine distribution throughout the developing world also seems to align with the regions where China does the most trade. Southeast Asia is by far China's top trading partner in the Global South, MENA is obviously important for its oil ...

China Does a Victory Lap Over Its Promise to Make COVID-19 Vaccines Available as a “Global Public Good”

There's been a discernable change over the past week in China's messaging on vaccine distribution around the world. Both Chinese officials and state media are declaring they've made good on President Xi Jinping's promise to make vaccines a "global public good." ...

ASEAN, Not Africa is Becoming The Primary Venue for the U.S.-China Great Power Struggle

Three decades after the last Cold War ended, African leaders are understandably concerned they'll once again get swept up in great power rivalry, this time between the United States and China. But there's little indication that either Washington or Beijing has any plans to make Africa a ...

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.’ ...

Yes, of Course, China’s Using Vaccines to Boost Its Soft Power

A lot of people in the U.S. and Europe are really struggling to get their heads around the implications of China's increasingly successful vaccine distribution push in the developing world. On the one hand, there's often (but not always) a begrudging ...