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Egypt and Sinovac in Talks to Boost Vaccine Production For Africa

Egyptian Health Minister Hala al-Zayed met last week with Gao Qiang, head of R&D at Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, to discuss how the two sides can expand production at the company's factories in Egypt in order to make more jabs available for other ...

How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports.  So it was particularly interesting to see the announcement this week of ...

Almost Every Country in Africa Has Now Received Chinese Vaccines

46 African countries to date have received shipments of Chinese vaccines, either sold, donated, or both, according to the latest update from the Beijing-based consulting firm Bridge's vaccine tracker report. In total, China has shipped 72.3 million doses ...

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 ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

More Details on How Germany’s Siemens Outbid Chinese Contractors to Win the Red-to-Med High-Speed Railway in Egypt

This week's news that the German company Siemens outbid Chinese and French contractors to build the new Egyptian high-speed railway that will go from Ain Sukhna on the Red Sea to the Mediterranean port city of Marsa Matruh took some by surprise, given how dominant Chinese ...

Egypt’s Al-Sisi Takes a Ride on New Chinese Train Linking to New Chinese-Built Administrative Capital

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi boarded a Chinese-made train on Wednesday for a glimpse of what the new electrified metro railway will be like when it ferries commuters to and from the country's new administrative capital that's now under construction by Chinese contractors outside of Cairo. ...

Chinese Vaccines Trickle Into Africa at a Slow, Steady Pace But Hardly Enough to Make a Big Impact

Chinese vaccine shipments to Africa increased by 2.4 million since last week to 56.3 million total doses delivered to date. As of this week, Africa accounts for just 8% of China's total global vaccine distribution, according to Beijing-based consultancy Bridge Beijing's latest vaccine tracker ...

MSA Capital is the Chinese VC Firm to Watch When it Comes to Investing in African Start-Ups

Announcing yet another early-stage Africa-focused company being backed by the Beijing-based MSA Capital is becoming a monthly ritual. African mobile money start-up PawaPay is the latest to attract MSA Capital financing as part of a $9 million seed round.

Week in Review: Doses, Detainees and Diplomacy

Interpol has canceled the red notice arrest warrant requested by China for Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan, who was detained in Morocco last month. The red notice flagging Aishan as a member of “terrorist” organizations, and issued at China’s request, led Moroccan authorities to detain the 33-year-old computer ...
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