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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.’ 

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.’ ...

China and the Arab League Publish a Joint Statement That Showcases Beijing’s Growing Ambitions in the Middle East

China and the Arab League published a sweeping joint statement on Monday that highlights Beijing's increasingly ambitious geopolitical agenda in the Middle East and Persian Gulf regions. The statement followed a Sunday meeting between visiting Chinese ...

South Africa’s Chinese Communities in Shock After Last Week’s Violence

Chinese merchants in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province are digging through the rubble of their looted stores and burned out factories following last week's spasm of mass violence that left more than 200 people dead and caused $1+ billion in property damage. ...

Chinese Media Report on What Happened in South Africa, They Just Won’t Tell You Much About Why It Happened

Chinese media coverage of last week's violence in South Africa was notable for how it reported on the events that led to the death of at least 200 people and caused widespread damage in many of South Africa's largest cities including Durban, Newcastle, and Johannesburg among others. ...

While Some in Asia and the Americas Raise New Concerns About the Efficacy of Chinese Vaccines, the PRC Embassy in Zimbabwe Claims Success

A large-scale vaccination drive in the western Zimbabwean city of Victoria Falls that's led to a plunge in the COVID-19 infection rate is prompting officials to claim they reached herd immunity. The Chinese embassy celebrated the success on Twitter on Monday, highlighting the fact that it was ...

Chinese Vaccine Deliveries to Africa Jumped by 4 Million Last Week

China is rapidly closing in half a billion total vaccines distributed worldwide with 4 million additional doses sent to African countries last week, according to the latest data by the independent firm Bridge Beijing's weekly vaccine tracking report. ...

Translation: A Storm is Approaching For Chinese Mining Companies in the DR Congo

The following is a translation of an article published on the Global Mining (世界矿业 )WeChat page on July 15, 2021. The purpose of translations like this is to provide English language readers with a more informed understanding of the civil society discourse about China-Africa relations that ...