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Some Helpful Tips From a South African Expat in China Who’s Been Social Distancing For the Past Two Months

Now that most of us are working from home and being encouraged to keep a 2-meter or 6-foot social distance from other people, we're having to learn entirely new routines. While this may be difficult to get used to for those outside of China, countless Chinese and ...

Eager to Resume Trade With China, Kenya Announces New Plan to Disinfect Imports

The Kenyan government announced new measures to ensure that imports from China and other countries will be disinfected to avoid infection from the COVID-19. Although scientists do not believe the virus can survive the duration and temperatures related to container shipping, the government's new strategy appears designed ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China Intensifies SE Asian Diplomacy Amid U.S.-Philippine Exercises

Tensions are high in the South China Sea as the Philippines kicks off its annual Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States. The opening ceremony of the three-week, 17,000-troop operation took place on Tuesday, aimed at “highlighting ironclad alliance” between Washington and Manila, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. The exercises will also include France and Australia.
In response, China is signaling its own regional relationships. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

The China-Mediterranean Observer: Rising Alarm Across MENA About the Economic Impact of COVID-19

In February, the number of COVID-19 cases was still limited in the Mediterranean region. Hence, the media of the countries in the wider Mediterranean region mostly focused on the economic impact of the virus. Interestingly, some commentators in the Gulf, framed the appearance of the virus as ...