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Seychelles President: No Link Between Chinese Vaccine Efficacy and Surging Infection Rate

Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan insisted there's no link between a recent surge of COVID-19 infections and low efficacy rates of either the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine or the Covishield AstraZeneca jab imported from India. Infection rates have ...

Debt & Doses: Trinidad & Tobago Borrows Money From China to Pay For Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines

Colm Imbert (photo), finance minister of Trinidad & Tobago (TT), revealed this week that one of the terms in a new $204 million loan contract with China permitted the small Caribbean island state to purchase COVID-19 vaccines. The ...

Vaccines and Health Issues Top the Agenda at Silk Road Forum in What Could be a Preview of China’s Upcoming FOCAC Priorities

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke at the opening ceremony on Tuesday of the Fifth Silk Road International Exposition and the Investment and Trade Forum (aka the Silk Road Forum) in Xi'an where health and vaccine-related issues topped the agenda. ...

Booming Chinese Demand for African Metals and Minerals Pushes Prices to Record Highs

These are good days for Africa's metals and mineral exporters, who are seeing record prices thanks to strong demand, in part, from China and international automakers that produce new energy vehicles. The timing for this latest "commodity supercycle," ...

3 Reasons Why Ghana Should be Anxious About China’s Entry Into The Cocoa Market

Months after news broke that China had entered into the global cocoa market with an initial delivery of 500 kilograms of beans shipped to Belgium from the southern island of Hainan, Ghanaians are still trying to figure out whether they have reason to be ...

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.’ ...

Two Senegalese Tourists Banned From Visiting the Great Wall of China After Venturing Into Restricted Areas

A pair of Senegalese tourists visiting the Great Wall last month learned a lesson of what happens in China when you break the rules. The two ventured into "wild" and "undeveloped" areas of the wall that are off-limits to visitors and were quickly apprehended.  ...