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Chinese Vaccines Shipments Around the World Plunge 97% Last Month and We Now Know Why

For much of last year, China was seemingly unstoppable in its drive to ship vaccines to developing countries around the world. Hundreds of millions of doses went to Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and then suddenly, beginning last fall, shipments came to a grinding ...

Lockdown “Shout-Out” Videos Featuring Africans Raise Controversy

The ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in cities like Shanghai are sparking a cottage industry of commissioned viral videos commenting on the crisis. Recently, videos of shirtless African men, dubbed Wolf Warriors, dancing or posing with messages in Mandarin have become trendy. While many Chinese consumers see ...

COVID Lockdowns Scrambling Strategic Metals Sector

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 lockdowns in China, the Ukraine war and the ongoing crisis at the South African port of Durban are roiling the strategic battery sector, used for e-vehicles. While prices are falling in the short term due to pandemic restrictions, ...

Misinformation About South African Teacher’s Mysterious Death in Shanghai and Unsubstantiated Reports About Chinese Missiles in Zimbabwe

Speculation is now swirling on Twitter and other social media platforms about what caused the death of 29-year-old teacher Nomaqocwa Blackie who was found in her Shanghai apartment last Monday. There are a growing number of reports that ...

Does the Shanghai Outbreak Change China’s Image as a Global Public Health Leader?

By Hugo Jones and Lukas Fiala For nearly two years, China’s COVID strategy has been at the center of Beijing’s public health diplomacy, being regarded as uniquely successful at keeping case numbers close to zero. However, over the past few months, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

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 ...

Chinese Miner Sinomine Announces Pivot Away from Zambia, Citing Debt Crisis

The Chinese mineral exploration and mining company Sinomine (aka China Mining Resources Group) announced on Tuesday that it’s withdrawing from a mining and construction contract with the Zambian government because of Zambia’s debt crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The company 

For the First Time in a Really  Long Time, a Chinese Vaccine Shipment Arrived in Africa

China's newly-arrived ambassador to Zambia, Du Xiaohui, led a handover ceremony this weekend for a shipment of 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines. This is the first large-scale delivery of COVID jabs to Africa from China in a very long following a massive plunge ...

China Lockdowns Will Hit South Africa’s Economy, and Other Long Reads to Kick Off Your Week

COVID-19 lockdowns and the war in Ukraine will decrease China's appetite for South African exports, while slowing down crucial exports of Chinese products to South Africa, according to South African analysts. (BUSINESS LIVE)    B3W: The U.S.-led Build ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Emerging Market Currencies under Pressure due to Ongoing Lockdowns in China

Emerging market currencies and stocks are under mounting pressure this week due to the ongoing lockdowns in China.  The South African rand fell again on Tuesday as investors are worried about the impact that a slowing Chinese economy will have on the demand for African raw materials. Those concerns ...

Shanghai Lockdown Causes Shipping Traffic Jam All Along Eastern China

The COVID lockdown that's causing a pileup of cargo vessels outside of the Port of Shanghai is now leading to shipping holdups all along China’s eastern seaboard. 477 ships, carrying everything from grain to metal ores are waiting all the way from Ningbo to the ...
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