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What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a ...

The U.S.’s Blue Dot Network vs. China’s Belt & Road Initiative

In the run-up to last Friday's U.S.-Japan summit at the White House, there had been a lot of talk that President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga would announce a new initiative to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative.

The Impact of India’s Surging COVID-19 Infection Rate Will be Felt Throughout the Developing World

A massive surge of COVID-19 infections in India threatens to make worse what was already a difficult situation for developing countries in Africa and around the world in their efforts to contain the pandemic. A record 274,000 infections were reported yesterday, a figure that ...

China To Do More to Make COVID-19 Vaccines Accessible to Developing Countries, Says Xi

President Xi Jinping told attendees of the Boao Forum taking place on China's southern Hainan Island on Tuesday that Beijing will increase the "accessibility and affordability" of vaccines for developing countries. In typical fashion, the President did ...

China’s Tecno Knocks Off Samsung to Become Africa’s #1 Smartphone

Tecno, for the first time, edged out Samsung to become the top smartphone brand in Africa in 2020 thanks to a steady stream of new, affordable devices backed with robust marketing budgets, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...