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The China-Mediterranean Observer: Everyone’s Calculating the Impact of the China-Iran Deal

Unsurprisingly, among the noteworthy events that took place this month, the media of the wider Mediterranean region focused on the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the Middle East in late March. Although there are concerns over the impact on the region from the rising ...

Leaders From the World’s Major Powers Convene in Two Separate Summits. African Issues Addressed in One… Albeit Just Barely

Two separate international summits took place on Friday. China was a primary actor in one and a prominent theme of the other. And in both the U.S.-Japan summit in Washington and the Franco-German virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, key Global ...

Chile’s Reliance on Chinese-Made Vaccines Provides a Cautionary Example for Public Health Officials in Africa and Other Developing Regions

A number of events have converged to further constrict the flow of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and other regions throughout the Global South. India, once a major vaccine exporter, halted all overseas shipments in an effort to contain a massive surge of infections at ...

Concerns Over Chinese Vaccine Efficacy Have Had No Measurable Impact on Distribution

Leaders and public health officials in developing countries have seemingly brushed aside concerns about the efficacy of Chinese-made vaccines. Many are courting Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers to secure further supplies. According to the latest figures compiled by Chinese state-run ...

Uganda Scrambles to Find Investors For Stalled Industrial Park Project After Chinese Partners Drop Out

The fate of the Masaka Industrial Park in southwest Uganda is now in question after Chinese investors, including the provincial government of Sichuan, pulled out of the project. The Chinese side withdrew after they failed to persuade their Ugandan partners to structure the deal as a joint ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

India Could Ban Cheap Chinese Phones

The Indian government could push Chinese mobile phone manufacturers out of the lower end of its market, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The possible ban is reportedly aimed at boosting India’s failing domestic phone makers in the lucrative sub-12,000 rupee ($150) sector. 

The move will be a blow to Chinese companies like Xiaomi, RealMe, and Transsion, who make up 80% of sales in the sub-$150 sector. Low-end smartphones occupy a third ...

Sudan is the Latest Muslim-Majority Country Where China is Gathering Support for Its Policies in Xinjiang

Chinese ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin published a lengthy column in this weekend's Sudanese Voice newspaper to make the case for why "anti-China forces in certain Western countries" are wrong to accuse China of human rights violations in Xinjiang. ...

China’s State-Controlled Media Holding Company Opens New HQ in Kenya

China's top diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa, Ambassador Wu Peng, announced over the weekend the opening of the China Media Group's (CMG) new headquarters in Nairobi. This the latest evolution of Chinese state media's expansion in Kenya and Africa ...