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Moroccan Police Arrest Uyghur Activist at China’s Request

34-year old Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan is now in Moroccan police custody awaiting likely deportation to China after he was arrested earlier this week at Casablanca's international airport. Police say they were acting on an Interpol Red Notice, the international police group's most wanted list, based on a ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: China Emerges as Key Mediator in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Standoff

Among the most interesting topics discussed this month in the media published throughout the wider Mediterranean region, the crisis over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia stands out. We also found a number of interesting reports regarding the relations between the countries of ...

China and the Arab League Publish a Joint Statement That Showcases Beijing’s Growing Ambitions in the Middle East

China and the Arab League published a sweeping joint statement on Monday that highlights Beijing's increasingly ambitious geopolitical agenda in the Middle East and Persian Gulf regions. The statement followed a Sunday meeting between visiting Chinese ...

While Some in Asia and the Americas Raise New Concerns About the Efficacy of Chinese Vaccines, the PRC Embassy in Zimbabwe Claims Success

A large-scale vaccination drive in the western Zimbabwean city of Victoria Falls that's led to a plunge in the COVID-19 infection rate is prompting officials to claim they reached herd immunity. The Chinese embassy celebrated the success on Twitter on Monday, highlighting the fact that it was ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Three-Nation 4-day MENA Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is back in Africa for the second time this year as part of a three-nation tour of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Wang began his trip in Syria on Saturday where he ...

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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Namibia’s National Vaccine Drive to Resume Today Thanks to New Shipment of Chinese Jabs

A shipment of 250,000 Sinopharm vaccines that arrived on Friday will allow Namibia to restart its national vaccination campaign today. Public health officials halted the inoculation drive last week after the country literally ran out of vaccines. "Distribution ...

Chinese Ambassador and Egyptian PM Visit Local Factory That Will Produce Sinovac Vaccines

China's ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang was accompanied last week by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly for an onsite visit of the Egyptian pharmaceutical plant that will serve as a manufacturing hub for Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. Already, the facility has produced a million doses that will be available for ...

2/3 of All Chinese Vaccines Sold or Donated to Africa Have Gone to Just Three Countries

Two-thirds of the 23.8 million vaccines that China has sold or donated in Africa to date have gone to just three countries: Morocco: 9.5 million Egypt: 4.15 million Zimbabwe: 2.4 million This ...

Asia, Latin America Remain Top Destinations For Chinese Vaccines While Shipments to Africa Have Largely Stalled

China crossed the 300 million mark last week for the number of COVID-19 vaccines shipped overseas with more than half going to countries in Asia, according to the latest figures the Beijing-based consultancy Bridge Beijing's weekly vaccine tracker report.

Africans Inoculated With Sinopharm Blocked From Entering the European Union

 Europe is gradually reopening to vaccinated travelers as coronavirus restrictions ease, but in some African nations such as Morocco recipients of jabs not recognized by the EU are facing disappointment. “It seems very much as if a vaccine has become a ...
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