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China’s COVID Chaos Bites South African Trade

China’s COVID-related shutdowns and protests are hitting South African businesses. The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said the disruptions compounded earlier delays on the SA side.  “China is responsible for so much of the products we consume. ...

No International Reaction to China Protests, Beijing Formulating Counter Narrative

International reaction to the extraordinary public protests underway in the streets and university campuses across China has been muted so far. Aside from a scathing statement from the British Broadcasting Corporation over the violent detention of one of its reporters in Shanghai ...

Journalists, Scholars Try to Make Sense of What’s Happening in China

Protests in China are not a new phenomenon. Every year, tens of thousands take place across the country. But those so-called "everyday protests" tend to be much smaller in size, localized and rarely challenge the core essence of the Communist Party, civil rights or Xi Jinping himself. ...

Chinese World Cup Broadcast Doesn’t Show Maskless Crowds

When Chinese football fans turned on their TVs to watch World Cup matches from Qatar, there was a sense of disbelief over how tens of thousands of maskless fans were all packed together in stadiums while millions of Chinese compatriots at home are still confined ...

China’s COVID Response Boosts Foreign Aid

China's donations of physical aid jumped by 40% last year to $1.3 billion. The bulk of these donations were in response to the COVID pandemic, including vaccines and food.

As More Manufacturers Look to Exit China, Many May End Up in Mexico

Disruptions brought on by China's draconian COVID Zero crackdowns, rising wages, and stricter environmental controls are all contributing to an exodus of manufacturers. While many are heading to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations, Mexico is also well-positioned to benefit. Factory ...

These Charts Explain Why China is Cutting Back on Spending For BRI Projects

There's been a lot of discussion in recent months about the sharp curtailment of Chinese spending for Belt and Road projects. New data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance might provide some insight as to why. ...

World Bank: China’s COVID-19 Restrictions Contributes to Africa’s Economic Woes

The World Bank issued a sobering economic forecast for Africa on Wednesday, warning of a sharp slowdown in growth due to the multiple global crises that are disproportionately impacting the continent. Rising inflation, food insecurity, higher interest rates in advanced economies and widening inequality exacerbated by the ...

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 ...
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