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Rebuffed by the United States, Mexico Places a Huge Order For Chinese Vaccines

Shortly after U.S. President Joe Biden turned down a request from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to supply vaccines, the Mexican government turned right around to place an order with China for 22 million doses, according to Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard.

Chinese State Media Gloats About Survey Results That Show China is More Popular Than the U.S. in MENA

Chinese state media outlets this weekend touted the findings of a recent Arab Barometer public opinion survey released in January, which showed much higher approval ratings for China compared to the United States. The survey in six Middle East and North ...

U.S. Defense Secretary Makes First Visit to Africa With an Eye on Countering Chinese Influence on the Continent

United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is in Africa this week, his first visit to the continent as defense chief, in a trip that's aimed in part to push back against increased Chinese and Russian military influence in the region. ...

New China-Africa Trade Data Shows Mixed Results (And That’s Really Good News, All Things Considered)

A number of countries across Africa this week are reporting trade figures for the first half of the year and they're surprisingly mixed given the enormous disruption brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. In some cases, a sharp fall in Chinese ...

Morocco, Tunisia Vie to Become the “New China in Africa”

For years, European companies, like others, have been steadily moving their production from China to lower-cost, less complicated manufacturing hubs in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. The massive disruption to global supply chains brought about due to the COVID-19 outbreak has only accelerated that ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

African Countries Sign on To Global Inquiry Into COVID-19 Origin

All African countries under the banner "The African Group and its Members States" are now part of a group of 110 countries who signed a World Health Organization draft resolution on Monday that calls for an inquiry into the origin of COVID-19.

The China-Mediterranean Observer: COVID-19 Rattles an Already Volatile Region

As cases of COVID-19 have increased, the pandemic has accordingly become the main topic of discussion in the media of the wider Mediterranean region as many are worried about the health and economic damages that it will cause. Indeed, regardless of the geographical position, there has emerged ...

Survey: Favorable Views of China Fall in U.S., Europe and Canada but Rises in Africa & Middle East

It's probably not a surprise to most that public opinion of China fell sharply in North America and Western Europe due largely to trade disputes and the ongoing saga over the legal fate of Huawei CFO Meng Wenzhou who remains under house arrest in Vancouver while two ...