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UAE to Become First Country Outside of China to Manufacture Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccines

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi closed out his Persian Gulf tour on Sunday with a major announcement that the United Arab Emirates would become the first country outside of China to manufacture the widely-distributed Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, making the UAE the first country in the region to ...

From Africa to Asia to the Americas and Even Europe, Countries Scramble for Chinese-Made COVID-19 Vaccines

Countries across the Global South and now even in Europe scrambled this weekend to source COVID-19 vaccines from pretty much anywhere they could buy them -- which in many cases brought them to China's doorstep. Amid widespread shortages, the European Union ...

The Full Picture: China, Africa, and the Global South

The last year has seen the China-Africa space undergoing massive changes. The impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic-induced debt crisis and rapid shifts in Chinese financing to Africa have shifted some of the core assumptions underlying what we think of as ‘China-Africa relations.’

China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Gains Momentum in Many Developing Regions

There's been a flurry of activity on the Chinese vaccine distribution front. Over the weekend, a growing number of countries across the Global South are taking delivery of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines even before they completed clinical trials or received WHO pre-qualification.  ...

China’s Growing Influence in the Mideast & Persian Gulf

China is steadily reducing its dependence on African oil suppliers who once accounted for a third of Chinese crude imports. Today, China buys more oil from Saudia Arabia than any other country in the world. From 2019 to 2020,

China’s Closing More Deals to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines, But None So Far in Sub-Saharan Africa

The list of countries signing up to procure Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines is growing, largely in developing countries, according to the U.S. news site Axios. While there are two African countries on the list, Egypt and Morocco, it's notable that so far no sub-Saharan ...

With UAE Approval, China’s COVID-19 Vaccines Make Their Official International Debut

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday became the first foreign country to officially approve the use of a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine. UAE's health ministry reported that the vaccine made by Sinopharm was 86% effective in phase 3 clinical trials.

China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East and North Africa

China's presence in the Middle East North Africa region has been steadily rising over the past 25 years and is now entering a new, more complex phase that extends beyond commercial ties to also include potential security implications, writes Afshin Molavi, a senior fellow at ...

Alibaba Gives a Shot in the Arm to China’s Vaccine Distribution Plan for Africa

China's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Africa is slowly starting to come into focus. Yesterday's news that Cainiao (菜鸟网络科技有限公司), the powerful logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is teaming up with Ethiopian Airlines to build an international cold-chain network with hubs in ...

New Chinese-Made Wing Loong II Attack Drones Arrive in Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) marked the arrival this week of a pair of Wing Loong II attack drones from China. The Wing Loong II is among China's most sophisticated unmanned combat aerial vehicles, and can remain airborne between 26 and 31 hours. ...
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