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Yes, of Course, China’s Using Vaccines to Boost Its Soft Power

A lot of people in the U.S. and Europe are really struggling to get their heads around the implications of China's increasingly successful vaccine distribution push in the developing world. On the one hand, there's often (but not always) a begrudging ...

If China’s Vaccine Rollout Is the New Normal, What Was the Old Normal?

It's true, if redundant, to point out that if 2020 was the year of COVID-19, 2021 is shaping up as year of the vaccine.  Like every aspect of the pandemic, the vaccine rollout acts like an x-ray, revealing the bones of ...

From Africa to Asia to the Americas and Even Europe, Countries Scramble for Chinese-Made COVID-19 Vaccines

Countries across the Global South and now even in Europe scrambled this weekend to source COVID-19 vaccines from pretty much anywhere they could buy them -- which in many cases brought them to China's doorstep. Amid widespread shortages, the European Union ...

Chinese State Media Isn’t Taking Vaccine Criticism Very Well

Questions about the efficacy of Chinese vaccines and whether China and India have engaged in a form of "vaccine rivalry" really seem to have gotten under the skin of China's bombastic national tabloid Global Times. In fact, they seem downright hurt by the critiques and seem to ...

Death of the Chinese Debt Trap Narrative

Critics of China's lending practices in Africa and much of the developing world have gone suspiciously quiet over the past 6-7 months. A year or so ago, Kenyans were up in arms over erroneous reports that China was going to seize the Port of ...

The ECFR’s Theodore Murphy Proposes a Radical Idea For How Europe Can Catch Up to China’s C19 Vaccine Outreach in Africa

It's now plainly evident that wealthy countries are hoarding COVID-19 vaccines for their own populations at the expense of millions of people in poor, developing countries will have been pushed to the back of the line. It's also apparent that the ...

Kenya’s President Doesn’t Want to Hear Any Lectures From U.S., EU-Led Donors As Country Restructures Its Debt

President Uhuru Kenyatta warned international development agencies, and the U.S. and Europe on Friday against using Kenya's current debt crisis as a pretext to lecture the country and interfere in its affairs. "Please, I ask you to refrain from interfering, telling ...

As the Biden Administration Takes Shape, New Calls for a Reset of U.S. Africa Policy With Less Focus on China

With Antony Blinken nominated to run the State Department and veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield picked to represent the U.S. at the United Nations, there's increased hope in Washington these two will be receptive to a new approach to U.S. foreign policy towards Africa -- specifically with a reduced ...

Who’s to Blame For Zambia’s Debt Crisis? Don’t Just Point the Finger at China Says Zambian Scholar

Zambian economist Grieve Chelwa took aim at the international financial services industry and governments in the U.S. and Europe in a scathing editorial published today in South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper.  He vented his frustration over how the story of ...

Africa’s Asian Decade

In today’s China-Africa Daily Brief email newsletter we showcased an article by the analyst and former Liberian Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, arguing that the pandemic-induced economic crisis will lock in Chinese influence in Africa for at least a decade. He argues ...
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