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New Chinese-built Vaccine Cold Storage Facility Completed in Egypt on Same Day as Cairo Receives 60 Million Sinovac Jabs

Egypt's ambition to become an African vaccine manufacturing and distribution hub is now closer to becoming a reality following Saturday's completion of a new Chinese-built cold storage facility. The new complex, located in 6 October City on the outskirts of Cairo, was built by ...

China’s Volleyball Team Takes No Chances

If you were still wondering, after months of lockdowns, China isn't messing around when it comes to COVID-19 protocols.  Case in point: the Chinese national women's volleyball team competed in a game against Iran at the Asian Games in the Philippines ...

UAE’s Ambassador to China Meets With Sinopharm President to Discuss Future Cooperation

The UAE's ambassador to China, Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, met with the President of Sinopharm, Liu Jinchen, at the embassy in Beijing this week to discuss how the two sides can enhance their current partnership. The Emirates has ...

COVID Lockdowns Hit Cobalt Prices

Chinese cobalt prices fell about 13% from a peak in May as China’s ongoing COVID lockdowns hit demand for electric vehicles.  The dynamic reveals a gap between the Chinese domestic price for the metal and how that price ...

Life at the Heart of Africa-China Trade 

COVID and government crackdowns have hollowed out Guangzhou’s once-thriving African community. While many of these traders have left China, some are relocating to Yiwu. The city, in Zhejiang province, is one of the world’s largest centers for the trade in consumer goods. 

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

China and Forced Displacement in an Age of Crises

By Hugo Jones The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that the number of forcibly displaced people across the globe now surpasses 100 million. Weak economic growth, compounded by an emerging food crisis, is likely to inflate this ...

Chinese Vaccines Shipments Around the World Plunge 97% Last Month and We Now Know Why

For much of last year, China was seemingly unstoppable in its drive to ship vaccines to developing countries around the world. Hundreds of millions of doses went to Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and then suddenly, beginning last fall, shipments came to a grinding ...

Lockdown “Shout-Out” Videos Featuring Africans Raise Controversy

The ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in cities like Shanghai are sparking a cottage industry of commissioned viral videos commenting on the crisis. Recently, videos of shirtless African men, dubbed Wolf Warriors, dancing or posing with messages in Mandarin have become trendy. While many Chinese consumers see ...

COVID Lockdowns Scrambling Strategic Metals Sector

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 lockdowns in China, the Ukraine war and the ongoing crisis at the South African port of Durban are roiling the strategic battery sector, used for e-vehicles. While prices are falling in the short term due to pandemic restrictions, ...

Misinformation About South African Teacher’s Mysterious Death in Shanghai and Unsubstantiated Reports About Chinese Missiles in Zimbabwe

Speculation is now swirling on Twitter and other social media platforms about what caused the death of 29-year-old teacher Nomaqocwa Blackie who was found in her Shanghai apartment last Monday. There are a growing number of reports that ...
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