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China’s Mideast Special Envoy Visits Morocco in the Latest Stop of His Low-Key Regional Tour

China's Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun (left), traveled from Khartoum to Rabat late last week where he held talks with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourtia (right) in what appears to be a low-key meet 'n greet regional tour.

Foreign Intervention is the Root Cause of Conflict in the Horn of Africa Says China’s Special Envoy

Foreign intervention more than anything else is to blame for the current instability in the Horn of Africa (HoA), according to Xue Bing, China's Special Envoy for the region. Xue made the remarks during a small press ...

China Rallies Countries in Africa and Other Developing Regions to Bolster Its Position on Ukraine War

China is leaning heavily into its ties among developing countries to build support for its stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine which Beijing feels is a proxy issue for Western militarism. The issue was a prominent under-current at last week's meetings ...

China’s Ambassador to the African Union Among the Growing Number of Chinese Envoys Rotating Out of Their Posts

China's ambassador to the African Union, Liu Yuxi, is among the unusually large number of Chinese envoys on the continent who are rotating out of their posts this month.  Liu joins Chinese ambassadors to Burkina ...

Chinese COVID Vaccine Deliveries Around the World Have Essentially Stopped

China's once enormous global COVID vaccine distribution drive has effectively come to a halt this year, according to new data published by the public health consultancy Bridge Consulting in Beijing. It's not clear what prompted the sharp dropoff in vaccine deliveries, but it could ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Frozen Imported Chinese Fish Being Passed Off as Fresh Catch in Kenya

Unsuspecting shoppers at the fish markets in the western Kenyan city of Kisumu on Lake Victoria have been buying frozen imported fish from China that's being passed off by unscrupulous vendors as fresh catch. When reporters from ...

New Data Reveals COVID’s Impact on Chinese Engagement in MENA and Horn of Africa

By Leonardo Bruni The ChinaMed Project's newly-updated China-Medittereanean dataset provides the first insights into the impact that COVID has had on Chinese engagement in the Middle East & North Africa as well as the Horn of Africa regions. The ...