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OPay Seeks to Raise $400 Million For Expansion Signaling Chinese VCs May Be Ready to Return to Africa

The Chinese-backed African fintech platform OPay is reportedly in talks with investors to raise as much as $400 million at a valuation of more than $1.5 billion, according to a report in The Information. That valuation, by the way, is three times higher than the ...

This Picture Should Be Quite Worrying to Every Australian Politician

Colin Ding, president of the Chinese mining company Kingho Energy Group, paid a visit to the State House in Freetown on Tuesday to meet with President Julius Maada Bio about the company's new port and rail lease agreements that will be used to ramp up iron ...

Chinese vs. COVAX Vaccine Deliveries to Developing Countries

China has shipped three times as many COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries as the global COVAX alliance, according to the latest data. Chinese vaccine deliveries, as of this week, totalled 213.2 million doses, with almost 20 million sent to African countries, 

JAMA’s Findings on Sinopharm’s Efficacy Will Allow Public Health Officials in the Global South to Sleep Better at Night

The prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association published results on Wednesday of new phase 3 clinical trials of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed that the jab's efficacy rate is between 72-78%. More importantly, the trials ...

Everyone, Not Just the Chinese, Are Playing the Game of Vaccine Diplomacy Says SOAS Prof Stephen Chan

Acclaimed China-Africa scholar and University of London professor Stephen Chan pushed back on the narrative that China alone is using vaccines to gain political advantage in its foreign policy. "To be fair, everyone's playing this game of vaccine diplomacy," he said on the latest episode of the ...

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.’ ...

Popular American YouTuber Condenses China-Africa Relations Into a Slickly Produced 15 Minute Video

Popular current affairs YouTuber American YouTuber Johnny Harris (1.42 million subscribers) dedicated a recent episode of his show to exploring Chinese engagement in Africa. For those with a more sophisticated understanding of the topic, it will be easy ...

China’s Outgoing Ambassador to Somalia Says Goodbye With a Bit of Flair

China's ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, is transitioning from his post and stopped by Villa Somalia this week to say goodbye to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in style. It's not clear where Ambassador Qin's next assignment will be.