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Climate Suffering and Its Complications

This week, the climate crisis became a lot more concrete. Heatwaves and fire across North America overlapped with massive floods in Germany and China. I say ‘concrete’ but of course climate change has been pretty concrete for millions of climate refugees across the Global South for a while ...

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.’ ...

New CSIS Report Examines Huawei’s Burgeoning Cloud Services Business in Emerging Markets

While so much of the attention about Huawei's role in emerging markets like Africa focuses on the company's 5G technology, the reality is that the Chinese telco equipment giant is now expanding far beyond hardware, to offer a number of new services that are becoming increasingly popular ...

Be Wary of All Those “Hyperbolic” Reports Warning of the Dangers of Chinese Technology

The fear that China is going to export digital authoritarianism and repression to Africa is way overblown and oversimplified in Western media reports and think tank analysis cautions Iginio Gagliardone, a media scholar at Wits University in Johannesburg and one of the world's foremost scholars ...

With One Eye on the U.S., Xi Jinping Pledges $3 Billion in New COVID Aid for Developing Countries

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new $3 billion aid package to help developing countries in their battle against the health and economic impact of COVID. The President made the announcement on Friday at a virtual G20 Global Health Summit. ...

Egypt Poised to Begin Vaccine Manufacturing After First Batch of Raw Materials Arrived From China

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed and Chinese ambassador Liao Liqiang were at Cairo's international airport on Friday to witness the arrival of 1,400 liters of vaccine components that will be used to produce 2 million doses of Sinovac vaccine before the end of June.

Ghanaian Lands Minister Assures Chinese Ambassador Rights of Chinese Nationals Arrested in Mining Crackdown Will be Respected

China's ambassador to Ghana, Lu Kun, went to the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry on Friday to express his concern directly to the minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, about the fate of any Chinese nationals arrested in the ongoing military operation against illegal mining, a practice known ...

Why You Should be Wary of the U.S.-China Narrative in the Ethio Telecom Auction Story

For years, U.S. officials have been trying to persuade African governments to abandon their reliance on Chinese-made telecom networking equipment from the likes of Huawei and ZTE. Finally, this weekend, they got their first win. Well, kind of, ...