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China and the High Stakes Showdown in the DR Congo

Chinese mining bosses for years played the game as everyone else in the DR Congo. Money pretty much solved every problem. Need a permit? Pay some money. Get in trouble with the law? Pay some money. Under-counting cobalt reserves? Pay some money.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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COVAX Gets a Shot in the Arm From Chinese Vaccine Makers With a Half a Billion Doses Promised Over the Next Year

The ailing COVAX global vaccine alliance will get some badly-needed support from China's two largest vaccine manufacturers. Both Sinovac and Sinopharm signed advance purchase agreements with COVAX on Monday that will include an immediate rush shipment of 110 million doses followed by an additional 400 ...

India, China Lead The Way in Delivering on Vaccine Promises For Non-COVAX Commitments

With the Delta variant spreading rapidly across much of the developing world with an acute shortage of vaccines, new attention is being focused on the promises that wealthy countries have made to provide jabs compared to what they've actually delivered. The data tracked by the analytics firm ...

Chinese Vaccine Deliveries Close in the Half-Billion Mark With 6% Going to Africa

China has shipped "more than 500 million doses and concentrates to over 100 countries and international organizations, one-sixth of the total global output," according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.  Zhao did not provide a breakdown of ...

How to Make Sense of the Raging Debate Over Chinese Vaccine Efficacy

Reuters, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and many other international news outlets have published a stream of stories over the past week that raise a lot of doubts over the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines in developing countries and whether or not they're strong enough to protect against ...

Chinese Ambassador and Egyptian PM Visit Local Factory That Will Produce Sinovac Vaccines

China's ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang was accompanied last week by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly for an onsite visit of the Egyptian pharmaceutical plant that will serve as a manufacturing hub for Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. Already, the facility has produced a million doses that will be available for ...

Professor Li Anshan Explains Why is Africa Important to China

With the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that will take place online and in Senegal less than three months away (it will likely occur in September), there's growing speculation as to what will be on the agenda and what that will say about Beijing's evolving priorities ...

The Haval Jolion Highlights The Major Inroads Chinese Cars Are Making in the African Auto Market

The popular South African auto review site cars.co.za just couldn't be more effusive about Great Wall Motors' new Haval Jolion SUV. "Should you buy the Jolion," the online review asked rhetorically, "you’d be silly not to." But the ...

The Fire Next Door

So…How have you been? Since we last spoke, my country exploded. If you’re not up on South African news, the current government has finally managed to get a charge to stick to its predecessor – former president Jacob Zuma. This took ...