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Reports: Authorities Force Beijing Hotel to Mandatory Quarantine After Zimbabwean VP Tested Positive For COVID

Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po newspaper is reporting that the Beijing Wangfujing Legendale Hotel is now under a mandatory 21-day quarantine after a Zimbabwean Vice President, most likely Constantino Chiwenga, tested positive for asymptomatic COVID-19.

Chile, Belarus Poised to Join the Growing List of Global South Countries That Will Produce Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines

China's drive to build manufacturing capacity for its COVID vaccines in countries across the Global South is poised to expand. Talks are now underway to build so-called "fill and finish" facilities in both Belarus and Chile. ...

Major U.S. Conference on Africa Went All Day Without a Single Mention of the Word “China”

The 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit kicked off on Tuesday with a number of online forums on issues like infrastructure development, COVID-19, and strengthening US investment on the continent. Several senior White House officials, African heads of state, and corporate leaders from both sides are taking part. Remarkably, ...

Zhang Hongming: China’s Strategic Need for Africa in a Time of Great Change

The perception among many stakeholders in the West and across Africa is that China's engagement in Africa is motivated by a need for natural resources and markets for its finished goods. While that may have been true during the early stages of China's presence on the continent ...

Nigeria and the Chinese Debt Trap Myth

The current slump in global oil prices combined with a surge of Nigerian borrowing is prompting a fresh wave of media anxiety related to the country's financial future and specifically whether China will take advantage of the growing instability to seize strategic assets in the event of ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Cobalt Clarifies Everything

We’re at one of those moments when everyone suddenly remembers that Africa exists. Right through the pandemic, the debt crisis, and climate talks, the continent and its needs were seemingly invisible.

But nothing sharpens the eye like an upcoming FOCAC summit. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s African visit was marked by determination to avoid the Trump administration’s almost Freudian compulsion to blurt out ‘China!’ when talking about African issues. Instead, Blinken ...

Pro Tip: Pay Attention to How Hunan Province Is Positioning Itself as China’s African Business Hub

Most people outside of China have never heard of Hunan Province and if they have it's largely because their neighborhood Chinese take-out joint is called something like "Hunan Palace." But not in the China-Africa space. ...

Why the Chinese Embassy in DRC Needs To Take Labor Abuse Videos Seriously

China's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, is probably hoping that the fuss from the recent emergence of multiple social videos that depict violent abuse of local Congolese workers by Chinese managers will blow over. ...