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New Contingent of Chinese Blue Helmets Arrive in DR Congo

Nearly one hundred Chinese PLA soldiers operating as UN peacekeepers arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday. None of the troops will be assigned to combat roles and instead will support existing Chinese engineering and medical detachments.

Bhutan’s ‘Disciplined Diplomacy’ Between Two Giants

By Chris Alden and Saniya Kulkarni, LSE IDEAS To be landlocked between two regional giants whilst upholding your own autonomy is no easy feat – and the Kingdom of Bhutan is no stranger to the delicate politics surrounding the borders of ...

DR Congo Receives First Shipment of Chinese COVID Vaccines

For the first time, the DR Congo took delivery of a donation of Chinese-made vaccines. A shipment of 400,000 doses of Sinovac and an equal number of syringes arrived on Wednesday at the capital's N'djili Airport. Ambassador Zhu Jing led a handover ...

Chinese Vaccine Exports Drop Sharply in August as More Countries Opt for mRNA Jabs

A growing number of governments that initially relied on vaccines from China are now reportedly turning to U.S. and European suppliers for more advanced mRNA shots. It's well-documented, even among leading Chinese public health officials, that mRNA vaccines ...

Slowly, More Chinese COVID Vaccines Are Landing in Sub-Saharan Africa

China's total vaccine shipments to Africa now total 61.9 million doses (both sold and donated) with more shipments going to sub-Saharan countries including deliveries of more than a million jabs each to Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Although not included in 

For a continent of 1.2 billion people, the quantity of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China and other Global North countries remains shockingly low. Bear in mind that the vast majority of these donations are for two-shot vaccines, so the total number of people inoculated is around 25 million. 

While China’s Global Vaccine Distributions Close in on a Billion Doses Delivered, Africa’s Share Remains Small

While China ramps up its global vaccine distributions, particularly in Asia, deliveries to African countries have remained consistently modest since the beginning of the pandemic. So far, only 61.1 million doses have been delivered to African countries, predominantly in the MENA ...

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few weeks saw a flurry of 

The First COVAX Vaccines From China Arrive in Africa

Some of the first vaccines provided by China through the global COVAX alliance have arrived in Africa. An unspecified quantity of Sinopharm jabs was delivered over the weekend. The U.S., however, remains the largest supplier with 1.5 million doses delivered to date, also via COVAX.

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy: Soft Power Lessons from Latin America

By Dr. Álvaro Mendez, Co-Director & Senior Associate Fellow, Global South Unit at LSE IDEAS In early 2021, Beijing launched a diplomatic campaign to promote China’s COVID-19 vaccines with the aim of winning friends and cutting deals in ...
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