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Chinese Ambassadors in Africa Amplify Beijing’s New Line That COVID-19 Isn’t “Made in China”

Chinese diplomats in Africa are really stepping up their efforts to try and persuade everyone that COVID-19 did not originate in China. Last week Ambassador Wu Peng in Kenya used this line and now Lin Songtian in South Africa appears to be ...

Did a Chinese Woman Die From COVID-19 in Zimbabwe? Depends on Who You Believe

Here's what we know: a woman from the eastern city of Mutare who recently returned from China made it to Wilkins hospital in Harare where she checked herself in complaining of symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19.  We don't know her nationality and what the official cause ...

Africans May Dislike Their Dependence on Imported Chinese Goods, But There Isn’t Much They Can Do About It

With a majority of China's ports and factories still offline due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, African businesses are starting to run very low on supplies of products sourced in China, prompting discussions about where they will be able to find new, reliable yet equally affordable suppliers. ...

With Inventories of Chinese-made Products Running Low Across Africa, Shop Owners Wonder What’s Next

China-Africa trade has essentially come to a halt due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak around the world, adding new pressure on small business owners across Africa who make a living selling imported Chinese goods. Now with inventories running low, shopowners are wondering how they're going to replenish ...

As Oil Prices Tumble, COVID-19 Rapidly Escalates From a Health Crisis to a Full-Blown Economic Crisis in Africa’s Crude-Exporting Countries

When oil trading started today in Asia, sellers moved quickly to unload their positions prompting a "cataclysmic collapse" that saw prices plunge by a stunning 31%, the single largest price drop in almost 30 years. The sell-off ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed.
The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican nominee, as expected, it will kick off a series of domino effects that could reshape the United States’ relationship with itself, and with it, the whole world.

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