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China To Upgrade Equipment at Somalia’s Government-run Media Outlets

China's newly arrived ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shengchao, visited the broadcasting facilities of Radio Mogadishu and the Somali National Television last week and promised to help the government-run broadcasters to upgrade their outdated equipment. 

Egypt Takes Delivery of 2 Million Doses of Sinovac Vaccines

Two million doses of Chinese-made Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Egypt on Monday, adding to the total of more than 14 million jabs Beijing has provided Cairo. The Ministry of Health said the vaccines will first be tested before being distributed to vaccination centers around the country. 

The Chinese Embassy in Mogadishu Seethes Over Taiwan’s Presence in Somaliland

Although China has not said much of Taiwan's trade office in the self-declared state of Somaliland since it opened last year, it's nonetheless evident that Taipei's official presence in the Horn of Africa gives them heartburn, particularly among diplomats at the embassy in Mogadishu. ...

China’s New Man in Somalia

China's newly-appointed ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shangchao, presented his credentials to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on Tuesday at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Afterward, Fei and President Famaajo discussed the importance of the One China Policy which is ...

China’s Outgoing Ambassador to Somalia Says Goodbye With a Bit of Flair

China's ambassador to Somalia, Qin Jian, is transitioning from his post and stopped by Villa Somalia this week to say goodbye to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in style. It's not clear where Ambassador Qin's next assignment will be.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Cobalt Clarifies Everything

We’re at one of those moments when everyone suddenly remembers that Africa exists. Right through the pandemic, the debt crisis, and climate talks, the continent and its needs were seemingly invisible.

But nothing sharpens the eye like an upcoming FOCAC summit. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s African visit was marked by determination to avoid the Trump administration’s almost Freudian compulsion to blurt out ‘China!’ when talking about African issues. Instead, Blinken ...

Although Quantities Remain Low, the Pace of Chinese Vaccine Deliveries in Africa Accelerates

The confirmation from the Bridge tracking report that the overall quantity of Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa is comparatively low provides a new perspective on the constant vaccine-related propaganda news coverage produced by China's state-owned media outlets and its official diplomatic Twitter channels across the ...

Controversy? What Controversy? Somalia Enthusiastically Welcomes the Arrival of Chinese Vaccines

While the controversy over the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines raged back in China and online, Somalis seemed either blissfully unaware or simply unconcerned when a shipment of 200,000 Sinopharm jabs arrived at the airport in Mogadishu on Sunday. (@CHINESESOMALIA).

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.

A U.S. Military Withdrawal From Somalia Would Only Benefit Russia and China in the Region, Warns Oxford Researcher

President Donald Trump's reported request to withdraw the 650 to 800 U.S. military personnel stationed in Somalia would be a major setback for the U.S. in the Horn of Africa and would bolster Russia and China's growing influence in the region, cautioned Oxford University scholar ...

Wow! Whoever’s in Charge of the Chinese Embassy in Somalia’s Twitter Account Really Went on a Tear

In the space of two hours yesterday, the social media manager at the Chinese embassy in Somalia published an impressive 32 tweets in what was a disjointed stream of Chinese propaganda's greatest hits. They covered a lot of ground:Alleviating Chinese ...
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