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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa Scheduled to Receive First Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Tomorrow

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will head to the resort city of Victoria Falls tomorrow to receive his first injection of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinovac and kick off the second phase of the country's national vaccination drive.  Last week, 

Egypt Poised to Become First African Country to Manufacture Chinese Vaccines

Talks between China and Egypt to launch a new manufacturing facility have reportedly reached "an advanced stage." The planned facility will produce COVID-19 vaccines made by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd, according to Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed. At a press conference on Monday ...

Qatar and Saudi Arabia Both Place Long Term Bets on China

With oil and gas demand in the U.S. and Europe expected to fall dramatically in the years ahead as both regions embrace a post-carbon economy, two of the world's largest energy exporters, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are now looking to China to fill the void. Ministers and ...

Favorable Views of China, France Both Fall in 12-Nation African Survey

Opinion leaders in 12 French and Arabic speaking African countries look less favorably upon France and China, according to the findings of the third annual survey conducted by the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN), an independent business association. China fell 9 points this past year ...

One French Scholar’s Widely Published Article This Week Encapsulate’s Every Anxiety About China’s Influence in Africa

The popular perception of China's steadily growing presence in Africa has long been viewed with skepticism among France's political, media, and academic elites who have historically regarded the continent, particularly francophone countries, as a traditional sphere of influence. Most analysis and ...

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 ...

Start Imagining a Post-Carbon China, and Africa

Chinese total carbon emissions could peak by 2028, with emissions coming from the electricity sector topping out as early as 2025. This is according to Liu Zhenya, who runs the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, a Beijing-based think tank. Liu’s previous job is maybe more ...