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Even Though More Countries Have Received Chinese Vaccines, Distribution Remains Highly Unequal

There does not appear to be any pattern to the inconsistent distribution of Chinese vaccines in Africa over the past 12 months. For much of the year, North African countries accounted for the bulk of deliveries, but that started to change as deliveries increased to southern African ...

Report: China to Provide Enough Vaccines For All Unvaccinated Soldiers in the South African Military

The Chinese government is purportedly donating 300,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to cover any remaining members of the force who aren't fully vaccinated. But the use of Sinovac vaccines in South Africa ...

Huawei’s Training Session in Mozambique Highlights Three Important Trends

China's ambassador to Mozambique, Wang Hejun, personally handed out certificates of completion on Monday to dozens of local government officials who finished a technology training course led by tech giant Huawei. This particular program was unexceptional in that it's just one ...

China’s Love-Hate Relationship With Coal

If you're confused about China's stance on the use of coal, well, you're definitely not alone. This week, China went on a global coal buying binge in a frantic effort to put a stop to rolling ...

African Coal Exporters Benefitting From China’s Ongoing Electricity Crisis

China is scouring the globe for new sources of coal in an effort to stem the blackouts that have afflicted millions of residents and businesses in at least nine provinces over the past several weeks. While the ongoing crisis is now threatening China's post-pandemic ...

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 ...

Q&A: How Illegal Chinese Logging Fuels the Islamic Insurgency in Mozambique

This Spring’s crackdown on illegal mining activities in Ghana, including by some Chinese nationals, and the recent high-profile incidents of illicit mining by Chinese companies in the eastern DR Congo have put a spotlight on the issue of unregulated Chinese resource extraction in other ...

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 ...

Week in Review: Crime, COVID and Cables

The Facebook-led 2Africa undersea data cable initiative announced that it will add three more countries to its list of landing sites across Africa. Seychelles, Comoros, and Angola will all be connected to the billion-dollar, 37,000-kilometer cable that will connect Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In what is ...

Chinese Vaccine Deliveries to Africa Slow to a Trickle

Chinese pharmaceutical companies shipped just 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past week, part of a wider slowdown in recent weeks. In all, China has delivered 52 million jabs to 37 countries across the continent to date but the distribution remains highly uneven, 

Five Countries in Africa Account for 80% of All Chinese Vaccine Deliveries

Chinese vaccine shipments to Africa increased by 4 million doses over the past week highlighted by a large delivery to Mozambique and the first delivery to Uganda, according to the latest figures from Bridge Consulting's latest Vaccine Tracker Report.
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