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Blinken’s Visit to Algeria Highlights North Africa’s Heightened Geopolitical Importance

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo) will cross the border from Morocco to Algeria on Wednesday where he's to meet with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. And the fact that this is the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State ...

China’s Mideast Special Envoy Visits Morocco in the Latest Stop of His Low-Key Regional Tour

China's Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun (left), traveled from Khartoum to Rabat late last week where he held talks with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourtia (right) in what appears to be a low-key meet 'n greet regional tour.

Morocco Students Plead to Go Back to School… in China

Around a thousand Moroccan university students who started their studies in China but haven't been able to return since the beginning of the pandemic are pleading with the Chinese government to let them back into the country. China's borders have been ...

Chinese Corporate Communications in Africa

Over the years, Chinese companies in Africa have earned a reputation for not very being good in how they communicate with local stakeholders, particularly with local media and civil society groups. While that remains true for the large state-owned construction and ...

EU Chief Unveils First Global Gateway Projects in Africa

It's official! The European Union's answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative is now a reality.  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the first initiatives under the EU's new Global Gateway program during a two-day visit to Morocco and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Morocco Bet Heavily on Chinese Vaccines But With Infections Now Surging, Will Those Jabs Hold Up Against Omicron?

COVID infections are once again rising fast in Morocco. The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 9,355 cases and 13 deaths, the highest level in five months. This is a huge disappointment for health authorities that were cautiously optimistic ...

Chinese Vaccine Update: Distributions in Africa Remain Highly Skewed in Favor of North Africa

As of this week, China has distributed 117.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines throughout with just under 40% of those shipments provided as donations, according to the latest data from Bridge Consulting's vaccine tracker report. But the distribution ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Mounting Anxieties About the Security of Chinese Personnel in Nigeria

Officials from China's powerful Ministry of Public Security met last week with Chinese diplomats in Nigeria and expatriate business leaders to discuss how to better protect Chinese personnel and enterprises operating in the country. More than 120 people, including Ambassador Cui Jianchun, attended the special meeting. It's the ...

Chinese Vaccines Still Slowly Trickling to Africa, No Uptick in Deliveries Since Xi Speech

Only been five weeks have elapsed since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced China would distribute one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa, so it's still a bit early to check for evidence that this new initiative is up and running. ...

China, Africa and the Global Race to Source EV Battery Metals

Chinese automakers smashed another monthly record for production and sales of electric vehicles in October. Car companies produced just under 400,000 vehicles last month, up 133% from the same time last year and almost 10% from September, according to new data from the Chinese ...
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