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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 & ...

Burkina Faso Launches New Huawei-Powered Smart City Initiative Using Loan From the China Exim Bank

The Burkina Faso government announced an ambitious new plan last week to build a 650-kilometer fiber-optic network that will connect all of the country's major cities to a new Huawei-powered Smart City platform.  Sensitive to the perception that the ...

Chinese Legislators Meet With Counterparts in Burkina Faso and Egypt

There's been a noticeable uptick in the number of engagements between Chinese and African legislative leaders. In Burkina Faso, members of the Foreign Affairs Commission from China's National People's Congress held a video conference with representatives from the National Assembly.

Human Rights Watch’s Africa Advocacy Director Can’t Understand Why African Leaders Are “Shielding China Over Xinjiang”

Human Rights Watch Africa Advocacy Director Carine Kaneza Nantulya is puzzled as to why African governments are not doing anything to confront China on the mass internment of Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang. She noted in a post on Monday that it's especially ironic that African ...

China Cranks Up the Campaign to Lobby African Stakeholders on Xinjiang

With Xinjiang now emerging as a core dividing issue in the increasingly acrimonious U.S.-China relationship, it appears that Beijing is leaning even more on its ties in Africa and other parts of the Global South as part of an effort to build a coalition ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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Some African Governments Can’t Have it Both Ways

African governments and multilateral institutions frequently say that they want no part of any new so-called "Cold War" between the U.S. and China. Leaders in those organizations are very quick to remind everyone that they remember the last time Africa got swept up in a Great Power ...

Chinese Embassy in Burkina Faso Admonishes Hiker and Tells Him to Go Home

The Chinese embassy in Burkina Faso took the rare step of issuing a public statement on its website that called on 26-year-old hiker Lu Jiabin to give up his mission to cross the entire African continent by foot and go home.

Coronavirus May Cost Some African Leaders Re-election

The coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan sparked an intense global conversation on health implications. Governments of developed nations responded quickly by putting measures in place to avert an outbreak, though they have not been so successful at that. In so doing, the world wondered how Africa would cope, ...