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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 ...

Chinese Jabs Land in Namibia as Beijing’s Global Vaccine Distribution Drive Shows No Signs of Slowing

Namibia kicked off its national vaccine campaign on Tuesday following the arrival of 100,000 doses of Chinese COVID-19 jabs. The shipment came aboard an Air Zimbabwe flight that dropped off 344,000 doses in Harare before heading to Windhoek. Namibian Health Minister Kalumbi ...

Chinese State Media Refutes Erroneous Taiwan Report About Vaccinated Chinese Workers in Uganda Contracting COVID-19

China's state-run Global Times newspaper took aim at an erroneous report published on the Taipei-based news website Taiwan News that 47 Chinese workers who contracted COVID-19 last week in Uganda had previously been vaccinated with a Chinese C19 vaccine.  ...

China’s COVID Donations Go to 53, Not All 54 African Countries

Chinese diplomats and state-run media outlets used to highlight how COVID-19 donations were sent to all 54 African countries across the continent. Recently, though, both Xinhua and the likes of senior diplomat Wu Peng have ...

Taiwan’s Blossoming Business and Diplomatic Ties With Somaliland Proceed Unimpeded by China

The President of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, met with Taiwan's envoy to Hargeisa this week for talks. Back in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen took note of the meeting and retweeted a photo of the two officials bumping shoulders.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Commodity Supercycle Blues

The editorial board of Financial Times published an op-ed yesterday announcing a new commodities supercycle. They argued that the global pivot towards climate-friendlier technologies like electric vehicles is pushing demand for metals like cobalt, lithium and palladium (used in catalytic converters.) In addition, the Biden administration’s new commitments to building infrastructure at home (and possibly abroad) will further boost demand for steel, with iron ore futures hitting record prices in Singapore this week.Where FT ...

Taiwan’s New Rep Office in Somaliland is Really Ramping Up Its COVID-19 Donation Diplomacy

Taiwan's newly-opened representative office in the capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland is ramping up its COVID-19 donation diplomacy with its latest government-to-government handover of PPE. Last week, Taiwan's representative Lou Chenhwa donated ...

It May Seem Odd to a Lot of People in Africa But Taiwan is a Really Big Issue for Chinese Diplomacy on the Continent

It's safe to say that what's happening in Taiwan these days is not a paramount concern for most African stakeholders. But you wouldn't know that from the emphasis that senior Chinese officials, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, put on the issue in their bilateral talks with ...

Taiwan’s New Rep Office in Somaliland Donates Relief Supplies

Just weeks after it opened, Taiwan's new representative office in the self-declared state of Somaliland embarked on its first foray into African "donation diplomacy" by providing local officials with humanitarian supplies and then leveraging the event for public diplomacy benefits on social media.

Taiwan’s New Rep Office in Somaliland Opens Twitter Account

If you'd like to follow what's going on at Taiwan's newly-opened representative office in the Horn of Africa in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, you can do so on their equally new Twitter account. Follow "Taiwan In Somaliland" ...

Somaliland President Says Ties With Taiwan “Bonded by Shared Democratic Values and Freedoms”

The president of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, published a short video statement on Wednesday following the opening of a new representative office in Taiwan. President Abdi acknowledged that the Horn of Africa with its ...
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