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“Them” But Also “Us”

The recent striking images of Texans stuck in freezing temperatures without electricity and queueing for water.  I felt much solidarity with them, especially when a blackout in Johannesburg made it impossible for me to join Eric in a fascinating conversation ...

It May Be Too Late For the U.S. and Europe to Catch Up With China’s Vaccine Distribution Drive in the Developing World

The reality that China and Russia together have distributed almost a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines lingered over Friday's virtual G7 summit. While attendees expressed concern about the unfair distribution of vaccines, ironically brought on by hoarding in their countries, the leaders from the ...

WSJ Report Provides Clearest Overview to Date of China’s Vaccine Logistics Operation That’s Taking Shape in Africa

A trio of Wall Street Journal reporters in Asia and Africa have compiled what is the most detailed report of China's burgeoning vaccine logistics and distribution operation that's now ramping up from hubs in Ethiopia and Dubai among other places.  Last ...

More Chinese Vaccines to Algeria

China's ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe announced late last week that Beijing would donate 200,000 doses of vaccines manufactured by Sinopharm.  This is the second shipment of Chinese jabs to Algeria following of vaccines in January from CanSino.  (CGTN AFRICA)

Zimbabwe Embarks on National Vaccination Drive With Donated Sinopharm Jabs

Less than one week after Zimbabwe took delivery of 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China, the government announced an additional 75,000 are on their way from India. Even though vaccines are now starting to make their ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

China Provides Modest Debt Relief and New Grant to Rwanda

Rwanda's Finance Minister Uzziel Ndagijimana and Chinese ambassador Rao Hongwei announced on Friday that Beijing would forgive $6 million of debt and provide a new $60 million grant to the government in Kigali as part of COVID-19 relief efforts. If the debt forgiveness ...

China-Africa Trade Held Up Last Year Despite the Pandemic

China's top diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, revealed the final two-way China-Africa trade figure for 2020 that came in at $187 billion. All things considered given the massive economic disruptions that occurred last year in both ...

Vaccines Are the New Currency of Geopolitics

It looks like reality is starting to sink in among U.S. and European leaders that their unwillingness/inability to lead the global vaccine relief effort is going to generate some unpleasant outcomes. Sure, G7 leaders said all of the right things at last Friday's virtual summit, where vaccine ...