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New Data Reveals China’s Growing Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil

Middle Eastern oil producers now account for 48.3% of China's oil buys in the first half of the year, according to the latest Chinese customs data. Saudi Arabia is the top provider, with 16.8% of the market in H1 2021, followed by Russia with 15.3%.

In a Contentious G20 Meeting, Foreign Ministers Exchange Jabs About Jabs

Most of the foreign and development ministers from the Group of 20 gathered in Matera, Italy on Tuesday for the organization's first in-person meeting since 2019. China and Russia, however, were among the few who were noticeably absent from the forum.  ...

South Africa Pharmaceutical Regulator Says It Won’t Be Bullied Into Approving Chinese and Russian Vaccines

Officials from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) say they will not be bullied or intimidated to approve Chinese or Russian COVID-19 vaccines. The South African government is coming under mounting criticism for its failures to provide sufficient vaccines ...

COVID and the Emerging Global Landscape

This week saw a small, but notable indicator in my corner of the global COVID landscape. South Africa announced that it will import 10 million doses each of China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines. South Africa is hardly the first country in the Global South to ...

South Africa Turns to Russia and China to Jumpstart National Vaccine Campaign

The South African government confirmed that it will place large orders for COVID-19 vaccines from both Russia and China in an effort to finally gets its faltering vaccination campaign underway. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told lawmakers ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

Economist Intelligence Unit: “Western Powers Have Lost the Vaccine Diplomacy Battle”

The battle over vaccine distribution between the U.S./Europe and China or Russia is over before it even started, declared a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. "It is likely that the damage to the reputation of Western countries has already been done and will be hard ...

With the J&J Jab Stalled in South Africa, EFF Party Leader Julius Malema Calls on Government to Approve Chinese, Russian Vaccines

One day after the South African government suspended the rollout of the U.S.-made Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to worries about blood clots, opposition leader and head of the Economic Freedom Fighters party Julius Malema called on the government to grant emergency approval ...

Geopolitics and the Scramble for COVID-19 Vaccines

Paraguay, a landlocked country in South America, rarely makes global news headlines. However, images of protesters on the streets of the capital Asunción quickly circulated in international news this month. Protestors were pictured waving their national tricolour flag and holding anti-government posters with slogans such as ...

Why China’s Vaccine Outreach in Africa May Not Produce the Soft Power Dividends Many Assume

There's growing anxiety in many Western capitals that China's head start in distributing vaccines to African countries will provide Beijing with a powerful diplomatic advantage. While there's no doubt that China's vaccine donations are well received on the continent, a trio of Africa analysts at the UK-based ...

The U.S., China, Russia, and the UAE All Competing For Greater Access to Sudan’s Red Sea Ports

TWEET TRANSLATION:I am honored to welcome the USS Winston Churchill in Port Sudan. This historic visit shows the United States' support for the democratic transition in Sudan and our desire for a new era of cooperation and partnership with Sudan -- Brian Shukan, U.S. ...
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