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With U.S. COVID Jabs Now Landing in Africa, Vaccine Rivalry With China Likely to Intensify

For the first since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S.-made vaccines are arriving in Africa, opening what will likely become another front in the burgeoning global rivalry with China. The first half of an order of 300,000 doses of Johnson & ...

New Data Reveals China’s Growing Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil

Middle Eastern oil producers now account for 48.3% of China's oil buys in the first half of the year, according to the latest Chinese customs data. Saudi Arabia is the top provider, with 16.8% of the market in H1 2021, followed by Russia with 15.3%.

New Guidelines Suggest Chinese Government Wants Companies to Be Greener When Investing Abroad

The Chinese government appears to be taking much more concrete steps in promoting more environmentally sustainable foreign direct investment. Two of the country's largest ministries, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Environment and Ecology, jointly published ...

Beijing’s New Man in Kampala

China's newly-appointed ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong, presented his credentials on Wednesday to Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo. During the brief ceremony, Zhang also gave Odongo a copy of the 668 page "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China Volume Three."

AFP Fact Checks Misinformation Circulating About a Recent Fight in Sierra Leone That Went Viral

Regular readers of this newsletter will know that the viral video of a fight between a Chinese employee and safety inspectors at the Tonkolili mine took place in Sierra Leone, but apparently a lot of people online erroneously think it occurred in Kenya. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: China Emerges as Key Mediator in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Standoff

Among the most interesting topics discussed this month in the media published throughout the wider Mediterranean region, the crisis over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia stands out. We also found a number of interesting reports regarding the relations between the countries of ...