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South African Resource Exports to China Struggle to Get Going Again After Last Week’s Mayhem

Exports of critical minerals and other extractive commodities to China through South Africa's main port in Durban remain intermittent as the country digs itself out of the wreckage brought on by last week's mass protests and looting. At least 212 people died in the violence. ...

The Future of a Critical Nigerian Pipeline Now in Jeopardy as Chinese Lenders Balk

The fate of a multi-billion billion gas pipeline project in Nigeria is now in question after Chinese lenders have seemingly backed out of the deal, forcing the Federal Government to look elsewhere to raise the missing capital. The Bank of China ...

Three Chinese Construction Workers Kidnapped in Mali

A trio of Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were kidnapped at gunpoint from a road construction site in southwestern Mali on Saturday by unknown militants. The assailants destroyed equipment including a crane and dump trucks belonging to Chinese construction firm COVEC, ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Three-Nation 4-day MENA Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is back in Africa for the second time this year as part of a three-nation tour of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Wang began his trip in Syria on Saturday where he ...

With Just One Donation, U.S. Vaccine Distributions to Africa Nearly Match China’s

The U.S. government announced on Friday that it will send 25 million vaccine doses to Africa, a donation that comes close to matching the 27.9 million jabs that China has provided to various African countries over the past six months.

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Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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Lots of People in Washington Are Furious That the U.S. Gives Money to COVAX While China Sells Vaccines to the Alliance

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin channeled the widespread anger on Capitol Hill and in the Biden administration over last week's news that COVAX will buy 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm and Sinovac. They're upset about the fact that the U.S. has donated $4 billion ...

Namibia’s National Vaccine Drive to Resume Today Thanks to New Shipment of Chinese Jabs

A shipment of 250,000 Sinopharm vaccines that arrived on Friday will allow Namibia to restart its national vaccination campaign today. Public health officials halted the inoculation drive last week after the country literally ran out of vaccines. "Distribution ...

Can BRI and B3W Co-Exist in Africa?

The Group of 7 countries recently announced a rival to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Their new Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative has prompted widespread discussion of the implications for developing regions that are desperate for new sources of capital to build infrastructure. ...