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Why Would Burundi Endorse China’s Controversial New Election Law in Hong Kong?

The small landlocked East African country of Burundi reportedly felt so strongly about China's controversial new election law for Hong Kong that it published an enthusiastic endorsement of the legislation and praised Beijing's "wisdom to ensure the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong ...

Asia, Not Africa, Will Soon be Awash in COVID-19 Vaccines Thanks to China’s Worsening Ties With Rivals

Leaders of the four-nation Indo-Pacific coalition known as "the Quad" (short for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) announced a new initiative after a virtual summit on Friday to distribute one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to countries in Asia, predominantly in the ASEAN region. 

Second Batch of Chinese Vaccines to Arrive Today in Zimbabwe

A chartered Air Zimbabwe flight is scheduled to land at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare with the second batch of Chinese-made vaccines. The fact that Ambassador Gao Shaochun mentioned in a Tweet that the new jabs have been procured from China indicates that this latest shipment ...

China Donates Vaccines to UN Peacekeepers and International Olympic Committee

China will donate COVID-19 vaccines to the United Nations for use by peacekeepers stationed around the world, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at the regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday. Zhao did not mention how many doses would be offered or when they ...

With a Reference to Africa, Comedian Bill Maher Warns Fellow Americans “We’ve Lost” to China

U.S. comedian and political commentator Bill Maher issued a scathing indictment of the U.S. and failure to keep pace with China in the 21st Century. "We're not losing," he said on his show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, "we've lost." He referenced the BRI and ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Japan-Kenya Loan Deal Shifts Chinese Influence

Japan will reportedly provide about $107 million in bilateral loans to Kenya for port, water, and electricity infrastructure, to be implemented from next week. The deal signals a stronger role for Japan as an external partner to the continent amid G7 anxieties about China’s influence.
The loans will be used to upgrade key infrastructure in Kenya:

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China’s “Global Public Good” Vaccine Pledge Misses the Mark

No one was really sure what to expect from President Xi Jinping's pledge last May to make Chinese COVID-19 vaccines a "global public good." In typical Chinese fashion, there was no explanation of what he meant, instead, Chinese officials for months just kept repeating  "