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Concerns Over Chinese Vaccine Efficacy Have Had No Measurable Impact on Distribution

Leaders and public health officials in developing countries have seemingly brushed aside concerns about the efficacy of Chinese-made vaccines. Many are courting Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers to secure further supplies. According to the latest figures compiled by Chinese state-run ...

Africa Benefitting From China’s Determination to Move Away From Australian Commodity Suppliers

China appears willing to pay higher financial and environmental costs if it means ending its dependence on Australian commodities including iron ore and coal. China has been steadily diversifying its sourcing of key commodities that it once depended on Australia to provide, even if new suppliers in ...

Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive in Guinea

Guinea on Wednesday received a donation of 200,000 Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses from China as it seeks help from multiple sources to halt the spread of the coronavirus, according to foreign affairs minister Ibrahima Khalil Kaba. Officials in Conakry are also expecting a shipment of ...

China Donates 10 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to the Global Covax Alliance

China took a big step on Wednesday to expand its global vaccine donation drive with a sizable contribution to the global vaccine alliance known as Covax. The Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing would provide the alliance with 10 million doses from three of China's largest ...

Analyst: China Will Diversify Iron Ore Buys From Australia, Brazil To Guinea in West Africa

Peter O’Connor, a senior analyst of metals and mining at the Australian investment firm Shaw and Partners, said out loud on CNBC what many people have been quietly thinking: that the natural progression of China's steadily deteriorating ties with Australia will prompt Beijing to end its dependence ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

ICYMI: 7 Myths Debunked About Chinese Engagement in Africa’s Hydroelectric Market

For some additional context about Chinese energy engagement in Africa, particularly in the hydroelectric sector where the role of various Chinese stakeholders is often overstated and exaggerated, it's worthwhile to refer back to a paper written in 2017 by China-Africa Research Initiative Director Deborah Brautigam and Ohio State ...

Exploring the Boundary Between Casual Racism and Curiosity Through Lived Experience of Black People in Guangzhou

“You don’t get to be Black in China and just be, you have to consider all the other stuff you have to deal with in order to have the experience you are trying to have,” says Jane (alias), an African American woman who has worked and lived ...

New Extra Large Ports and Cargo Ships Put Guinea Squarely in the Middle of the China-Australia Political Dispute

Ports in China's Shandong and Fujian provinces will soon open four new berths that will be able to accommodate the super-large bulk vessels known as "Chinamax." This new port capability combined with these massive bulk carriers is prompting some analysts to focus more attention on the vast ...

Q&A: Measuring the Effectiveness of Chinese Agricultural Assistance in Africa

China has a long history of involvement in agriculture in Africa. As far back as 1959, China offered food grants to Guinea, and especially since the 2007 introduction of China’s “Agriculture Going Out” initiatives – a set of policies that encouraged Chinese agricultural companies to invest in ...

The New Sino-Australian Simandou Iron Ore Mine in Guinea Emerges as an Important Geopolitical Focal Point

Policymakers in Canberra are no doubt looking up where Guinea is on a map, after learning of potential threats to Australia's $65 billion of iron ore export business to China.  Australian ties with China have worsened considerably in ...
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