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In the Diplomatic Optics Game, China Shows That it Can Get Things Done to Help Fortify Africa Against COVID-19

Now that the COVID-19 crisis in China is receding, Chinese officials are stepping up their efforts to help other countries in their fight against the deadly virus. Although in many instances the amount of aid, measured in dollars, is far less than what the United States and ...

Chinese Twitter Accounts Aim to Sow Doubt About COVID-19 Origins

One of the hallmarks of the Chinese campaign against the notion that COVID-19 originated from one of Wuhan's live animal food markets is to promote the idea that scientists are investigating the virus' origins. They don't provide any proof or other documentation to ...

Chinese Social Media Accounts in Africa Weigh in on the Escalating Dispute Over COVID-19’s Origins

China's outspoken Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is emerging as one of Beijing's leading spokespeople to rebut the well-documented assertion that the COVID-19 outbreak originated at an outdoor food market, known commonly as "wet markets," in Wuhan.  The conflict has ...

China’s Ambassador to South Africa Really Seems Like He’s Trolling the United States Government

China's outspoken ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, tweeted an offer for assistance to the United States in their fight against COVID-19, a gesture many in Washington probably view as disingenuous.  Ambassador Lin has emerged as one of the most ...

U.S. vs. China in the Battle of Perceptions

Providing global "public goods" in health, security and other areas has long been a responsibility taken on by the United States. Now, though, as the United States struggles to contain the COVID-19 outbreak at home and with its "America First" foreign policy doctrine, Washington is less inclined ...

From Ship to Rail to Air, Kenya’s Trade With China Slowing to a Halt

Chinese port activity increased in March in what many see as the first good news to come out of China's hobbled economy since the COVID-19 outbreak effectively shut down the economy last month. The container throughput at the eight of China's ...

Evacuees From Wuhan Thrilled to Finally be Home But South Africans Divided Over Whether it Was Worth the Risk

At least 114 evacuees, some reports say as many as 122, returned home from Wuhan, China on Saturday when they landed at the Polokwane International Airport in the northern province of Limpopo. They were immediately transported to the Ranch Hotel and Resort where they will be ...

Ethiopia’s China-Inspired Agro-Processing Strategy

In August 2019 Melange Coffee Roasters, a family-owned Ethiopian coffee processing company inaugurated a new plant in Addis Ababa. With an investment of 1.37 million USD, the plant immediately began exporting processed, powdered packages of Ethiopia’s world-renowned coffee to China and South Africa. ...

As the COVID-19 Crisis Recedes at Home, China Promises New Support for African Countries

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang addressed Africa's struggle against COVID-19 at yesterday's regular press briefing in Beijing. Geng acknowledged that a number of African countries had provided China with money and supplies in recent weeks and promised that Beijing would provide additional support in return.

South Africans to be Evacuated From Wuhan Will be Home by Friday Says Government

After weeks of delays and uncertainty, details of the operation to evacuate 122 South African nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic, were suddenly revealed on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to the military crew who ...
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