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Chinese COVID Vaccine Deliveries Around the World Have Essentially Stopped

China's once enormous global COVID vaccine distribution drive has effectively come to a halt this year, according to new data published by the public health consultancy Bridge Consulting in Beijing. It's not clear what prompted the sharp dropoff in vaccine deliveries, but it could ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

Sinotruck to Open New Assembly Plant in Tanzania

Chinese state-owned heavy vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck announced this week that it plans an assembly plant in Tanzania. Sinotruck’s investment in the plant comes to $20 million and will create 500 jobs. One additional benefit from the new plant, and others ...

The Tsingshan Nickel Crisis Couldn’t Have Come at Worse Time for Zimbabwe

News that Chinese steel and mining giant Tsingshan Holdings Group now faces a staggering $8 billion trading loss over short sales of nickel is no doubt prompting considerable anxiety among policymakers in Zimbabwe. Just this week, Tsingshan's local subsidiary in Zimbabwe, ...

Ummm… Errr…. Sorry, Apple Can’t Produce iPhones in Africa

The suggestion by a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm that "there is no reason why Apple cannot produce iPhones in Africa instead of China" is the latest evidence of just how delusional the discourse in the U.S. capital is today.

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Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

New Research Aims to Debunk Misperceptions About Chinese Investment in Ethiopia

One of the common misperceptions about Chinese investment in Africa is there's no difference between state-owned and private companies. In many instances, they're referred to simply as "Chinese" companies without understanding that there are actually substantial differences among the various corporate actors that are now active in ...

Egypt is Now the Main Hub for Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa and the Middle East

While Europeans and Americans are now ramping up their efforts to develop COVID-19 manufacturing facilities in Africa, a Chinese joint venture in Egypt is already well underway where it's becoming a vital hub in Beijing's vaccine diplomacy in both Africa and the Middle East.  ...

Column Appears in Pro-China Newspaper in South Africa to Make the Case for Huawei

The Editor in Chief of the South African edition of the U.S. tech-business magazine Fast Company, Wesley Diphoko, rallied to the defense of Chinese networking giant Huawei in a column published in the pro-Chinese news outlet Independent Online. ...

Peter Pham Wants the U.S. to Break Its Dependence on the Chinese Cobalt Supply Chain

Former Trump administration diplomat Peter Pham is no longer in government yet he remains one of Washington's most influential voices on African affairs and, notably, one of the Beltway's most outspoken critics of China's engagement on the continent. He's particularly concerned ...

First Trucks Roll Off the Assembly Line at a New Chinese-Backed Assembly Facility in Uganda

Chinese and Ugandan officials were on hand Wednesday to watch the first truck manufactured by the Uganda Automotive Group (UAG) roll off the assembly at the Namanve Industrial Park in central Uganda. The new factory is a partnership between UAG and China's ...
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