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Algeria Becomes First African Country to Register Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccines While Indonesia Becomes the First Country to Deploy China’s CoronaVac

A growing number of developing countries are beginning to mobilize their vaccination campaigns using jabs mostly from China and Russia. In Southeast Asia, where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently on a week-long four-nation tour, the vaccine issue is the top story. 

Fearing Africa Will be Left Behind, AU Opens Talks With Russia and China to Secure C19 Vaccine Supplies

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, said last week that his organization, together with the African Union, have started talks with both Chinese and Russian suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure the continent will receive sufficient supplies when they ...

Russian and Chinese Propaganda Efforts in Africa

Combatting fake news, misinformation and outright propaganda is one of the foremost challenges confronting policymakers in Africa and elsewhere around the world. Some of that misleading information is distributed organically while other memes are intentionally deployed by governments to influence local ...

Larry Hanauer: A Withdrawal of U.S. Military Staff in Africa Will Only Benefit China

U.S. President Donald Trump is widely expected to enact a significant drawdown of U.S. forces in South Asia, the Mideast, and in Africa, before he leaves office next January, according to a report today in The New York Times.

Researcher: U.S. Efforts Against Russia and China in Algeria Not Showing a Lot of Progress

Oxford University Russia scholar Samuel Ramani is closely following Algeria's recent talks with the U.S., China and Russia and observed that Washington is making much headway in discouraging Algiers from distancing itself from its two rivals. Ramani regularly comments on Russia-China-Africa issues ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

China’s High-Risk, High-Reward C19 Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa

Last May, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that Beijing would make any future COVID-19 vaccine available to Africa and other developing regions as a "global public good." He didn't explain, though, what that actually meant. Since that speech to the World ...

The New Era of High-Risk, High-Reward “Vaccine Diplomacy” is Here

Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his oft-stated promise that developing countries, specifically those in Africa, will receive priority access to a Chinese-produced COVID-19 vaccine when it's available for distribution. President Xi made the comments during a phone call yesterday with Morocco's ...

Reflections on the Coming Era of Great Power Competition in Africa

Given the heightened tensions between the United States and China and the corresponding implications for Africa, a new conversation is getting underway over what great power competition looks like in the 21st century and whether it will play out differently on the continent than during the decades-long ...

U.S.-China Great Power Competition in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed his attacks on China's presence in Africa last week, triggering a full-throated rebuttal from Beijing in what's now become an almost routine back-and-forth between these two rival powers. The feud between these two countries ...

Remember When China, Russia, and South Africa Held Their First-ever Joint Naval Exercises? Well, it Didn’t Amount to Very Much 

There was a lot of hype/anticipation over the dramatic optics of the Chinese, Russian and South African navies holding their first-ever joint naval exercises off the coast of Cape Town. Did the presence of Russian and Chinese warships in the port ...
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