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Human Rights, Non-Interference and Trade at the Top of Wang Yi’s Agenda in Saudi Arabia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off a week-long six-nation tour of the Persian Gulf and Turkey on Wednesday with a stop in Riyadh, where he met with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan. Relations between the two countries have ...

China Extends Pandemic Relief to Another Multilateral Organization

China donated a batch of medical supplies (not vaccines though) to the United Nations Economic Commission in Africa in what now appears to be part of a larger effort to provide critical pandemic relief to United Nations organizations and other multilateral institutions. ...

Why Is China is Sending Vaccines to Certain Countries and Not Others?

The list of countries receiving Chinese vaccines around the world is large and growing but it's still not clear what criteria China uses to distribute vaccines to some countries over others. Two Czech researchers at the Association for International Affairs in Prague ...

In 5 Years, the Battle Over Cobalt is Going to Intensify… a LOT!

There are just five years left before the demand for cobalt, a critical metal used to make the batteries in electric vehicles, is going to outstrip the known supply of this strategically vital resource. And with 60-70% of the world's cobalt reserves located in ...

Example of How Chinese Propaganda Makes Its Way Into Africa’s News Feeds

Chinese propaganda dissemination in Africa extends far beyond the traditional radio, TV, and newspapers that most people focus on. In fact, there's evidence that indicates those platforms are actually not that effective at reaching large audiences, especially in Africa's intensely competitive media market.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Someone is Notably Absent From This Year’s Alibaba-Backed Africa’s Business Heroes Awards

Organizers of the annual Africa's Business Heroes prize sent out an announcement on Wednesday that the online portal to apply for the competition will open on Monday.  In the past, just last year in fact, this same announcement had Jack Ma all over it. But not this ...