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Chinese Embassy in Botswana Uses Facebook to Slam U.S. Over Failure to Deliver COVID-19 Donation

The Chinese embassy in Botswana has joined the growing chorus of Chinese diplomatic social media accounts in escalating anti-U.S. rhetoric. In a strongly-worded post published on the embassy's Facebook page, the mission alleged that none of the funds promised by the United States were ever sent to ...

Context Matters: No Matter How Much Good Press China’s Getting Over its COVID-19 Relief Efforts, the U.S. Far Outspends the Chinese in African Public Health

Popular Nigerian political commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume) reminded his 155,000+ followers on Twitter that while China may be getting a lot of attention for its recent COVID-19 relief efforts, it's the United States that remains the dominant public health donor in ...

China’s Aid Push and COVID-19 Revisionism Rankles the U.S.

The U.S. President and his supporters in conservative media are determined to link COVID-19 with China by insisting on referring to it as "Chinese" or "Wuhan virus" over the objections of the World Health Organization who work hard to avoid using locations or countries in the official ...

China Leveraging New Aid Push to “Flip the Script” on the COVID-19 Story Says China Scholar

The highly coordinated Chinese COVID-19 relief effort that is underway around the world is in part intended to provide badly-needed supplies to countries in need but also to shift the narrative about China's role in the entire COVID-19 saga. Now that ...

Reflections on Lin Songtian’s Reported Departure from South Africa

18-hours before the story broke on The Daily Maverick website, we heard rumors that China's outspoken, high-profile ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, had been recalled. "Holy ^%#*$! That's huge!" I said to myself when I first heard about the news.

Daily Maverick: China’s Brash Outspoken Ambassador to South Africa “Recalled”

Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian is reportedly being recalled to Beijing according to a report in the Daily Maverick newspaper. The article quotes unnamed sources within South Africa's Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) suggesting that Ambassador Lin will leave as soon as Monday.

U.S. Conservatives Don’t Like China’s Close Relationship With the World Health Organization

There's growing anger among U.S. conservatives over the World Health Organization's handling of the burgeoning COVID-19 and the international body's close ties with the Chinese government. Additionally, these U.S. critics contend that the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has the backing of Beijing in part because of his ...

Conservative U.S. Media Outlets Focus Their Ire on China’s Ambassador to South Africa

China's ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, tweeted for the first time just six months ago. If the outspoken envoy planned from the beginning to use his new social media presence to provoke the United States, well, mission accomplished! Ambassador Lin ...

African Governments Now Have to Worry About Becoming Collateral Damage in the Rapidly Escalating U.S.-China Feud Over COVID-19

Just as every African government is now contending with the terrifying prospect of a deadly viral outbreak while scrambling to deal with deteriorating economic conditions at home, policymakers also have to confront the possibility of being dragged into a rapidly escalating dispute between the United States and ...

In the Diplomatic Optics Game, China Shows That it Can Get Things Done to Help Fortify Africa Against COVID-19

Now that the COVID-19 crisis in China is receding, Chinese officials are stepping up their efforts to help other countries in their fight against the deadly virus. Although in many instances the amount of aid, measured in dollars, is far less than what the United States and ...
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