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Why Are so Many Nigerian Doctors and Journalists Upset About a Chinese Medical Team Coming to Advise on COVID-19?

Unlike Chinese aid which was gladly received by the Nigerian government and Nigerians, the public reaction to the news of Chinese medical experts coming to Nigeria is a different story. Last Friday, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire,

The Historical Irony That Brits Would be Calling on China to Pay Reparations Over COVID-19

Lagos-based international affairs analyst and CAP columnist Ovigwe Egegu noted the historical irony today about British calls for China to pay reparations for the COVID-19 outbreak.  ...

Huawei Expands Teleconference Equipment Donations to West Africa

The Chinese technology giant Huawei expanded its equipment donation program from East Africa, where it provided the health ministries in Kenya and Uganda with thermal image scanners and video conferencing systems, to West Africa. The company donated a pair of fully-equipped video conferencing systems to the Ghanaian ...

President Kenyatta Joins Chorus of African Leaders Calling for Emergency Debt Relief

The Kenya State House public a four-part Twitter thread that renewed calls on behalf of African leaders for emergency debt relief to handle the burgeoning economic and public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa ...

Nigerian Public Health Authorities Struggle to Dispel Rumors That Donated Chinese Test Kits are Infected with COVID-19

Nigeria's Center for Disease Control is the latest government agency to rebut false allegations that the test kits recently donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma came infected with COVID-19.  Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, labeled the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...

China Turns to Video Conferencing to Provide COVID-19 Training and Assistance for Doctors in Mozambique

Chinese medical experts from the West China Hospital of Sichuan University recently convened a two-hour training session via teleconference with their counterparts from Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique. The seminar, that reportedly came at the request of the Mozambican government, focused on the Chinese doctors' experience in ...

China Sends Medical Teams to Africa as Part of New, Stepped-up Aid Push

China is boosting its COVID-19 aid efforts in Africa by sending medical teams to various countries and also connecting local health providers across the continent with infectious disease experts back in China. The deployment of medical personnel to countries like Algeria and, soon, Nigeria, is part of ...