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Senegal’s First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive From China

200,000 doses of vaccines arrived from China in the Senegalese capital Dakar late Wednesday night. This is the country's first batch of jabs, which cost $3.7 million to secure -- that's a pricey $19 per injection. Senegal is also scheduled to receive around 1.3 million doses from ...

With Chinese-Made Jabs in Hand, Zimbabwe to Kick Off National Vaccination Drive

200,000 doses of donated Chinese COVID-19 vaccines landed at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare on Monday, providing a badly-needed boost for the Zimbabwean government in its battle against the rapidly spreading virus. Another 600,000 doses are expected ...

Senegalese and Chinese Officials Meet to Plan This Year’s Upcoming China-Africa Summit

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li and the Senegalese President's Chief Foreign Affairs Adviser Dunbar Ba met virtually on Friday to discuss plans for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit that will be held sometime later this year in Dakar. Precisely ...

Special Edition: The Year Ahead in China-Africa Relations

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, the debt crisis unresolved, and preparations underway for the triennial China-Africa leaders' summit now underway, 2021 is shaping up to be another pivotal year in China-Africa relations. In this special edition, analysts and scholars from ...

Why Agricultural Cooperation Needs To Be High on the Agenda at Next Year’s China-Africa Summit

In less than a year, the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit will take place in Senegal. Ever since the first FOCAC Ministerial Conference held in Beijing in 2000, this triennial Summit has been gradually institutionalized as a platform for bilateral and multilateral dialogues to shape ...

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African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire.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 ...

Chinese Private Sector Engagement in Africa is Going to be Much More Important in 2021 And Beyond

Over the past several weeks, Chinese officials have convened a series of high profile forums with key African stakeholders in what appears to be an effort to lay the groundwork for next year's triennial Forum on China Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) that is scheduled to take place ...

China Taps Into African Anger Over Antiquities Stolen During the Colonial Period

There's recently been a noticeable increase in discussions on China's diplomatic Twitter accounts in Africa and in official media about the return of antiquities stolen during the colonial era. This has long been a point of contention between African countries and European museums, who continue to hold ...

African Countries Have the Chance to Re-Envision Ties With China

New trade data for the January-October period this year confirms that China's economic rebound from earlier this year is going surprisingly well, all things considered. Exports are actually up, albeit slightly, by 0.6% compared to the same period last year and imports fell by 1.8% year-on-year. 

U.S. Government Targets African Twitter Users With Paid Campaign Criticizing Chinese Fishing Practices

Senegal-based freelance journalist James Courtright noticed an interesting paid tweet from the U.S. government's official French language account that appeared in his feed this week. The "promoted" post (that means "paid" in Twitter's vernacular) attacked China's distant fishing operations around the world: ...

Reporter’s Notebook: China’s Controversial Distant Fishing Fleet

The presence of China's distant fishing fleet in African waters is increasingly becoming a contentious domestic political issues in a number of countries, particularly in West Africa. At a campaign rally in September, Ghanaian vice presidential candidate
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