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Macron’s Africa Summit is a Good Start, But Nowhere Near Good Enough

One by one, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday greeted a stream of Africa's most powerful leaders to the Elysée Palace in Paris with a mix of COVID-friendly fist bumps, elbow jabs, and awkward shoulder pats. The heads of state along with top officials from ...

Report: Upcoming China-Africa Summit Likely to be a Mix of Online-Offline Events

There's been a flurry of diplomatic activity between China and Senegal over the past week, including a phone call between Presidents Macky Sall and Xi Jinping along with a meeting between President Sall and Beijing's envoy to Dakar Xiao Han. No doubt ...

Uganda Announces Breakthrough Deal to Link Its Railway With Kenya’s SGR

The Ugandan government on Monday signed a $46 million (Sh5 billion) deal with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to revamp a 260-kilometer railway that will connect to Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway, making it possible for goods and passengers to travel directly from Kampala ...

Compared to Other Regions, Africa Lags Far Behind in China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Although more countries in Africa have received Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, the total quantity of jabs delivered remains a fraction of what's going to other regions, especially in Asia and the Americas, according to the latest Vaccine Tracker report produced by the Beijing-based consultancy Bridge. ...

Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines Donated by the PLA Lands in Zimbabwe

The People's Liberation Army shipped a donation of 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to their counterparts in the Zimbabwe Defence Force. Zimbabwe's Minister of Defence Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and ZDF Commander General Phillip Valerio Sibanda joined Chinese ambassador Guo Shaochun ...

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.’ ...

Anti-Colonialism Remains a Central Tenant of China’s Engagement in Africa

Colonialism and imperialism are the kinds of subjects that students in the U.S. and Europe study in school, framed within the assumption that they have very little applicability in contemporary geopolitics. But for the Chinese, these issues remain very close to the surface and make up a ...