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68 Global South Countries Give China Human Rights Cover at the UN

In what’s becoming a standard tactic, China used its support across the Global South to counter a proposal from a U.S.-led group of rich democracies for a special debate in the UN Human Rights Council on China’s anti-Uyghur measures in Xinjiang. The measure followed 

Chinese Leaders Fan Out Across Asia, Africa For a Busy Week of Diplomacy

The past 4-5 days have been especially busy for Chinese diplomacy in Africa and Asia. This outreach included the first time that President Xi Jinping left Beijing since the pandemic began almost 900 days ago.  Although technically still within China, President Xi's visit to Hong ...

Popular Hong Kong YouTuber Crime-Baits Joburg

Popular Hong Kong YouTuber Torres Pit托哥 walked through Yeoville, one of Johannesburg's neighborhoods known for street crime, to see if he could make it to the McDonald's and buy a Big Mac without getting robbed along the way. While the video's engaging ...

In a Potentially Troubling Development for Africa, Sinovac Did Not Perform Well in Early Test Against Omicron Variant

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) found that people inoculated with two doses of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine did not produce sufficient detectable levels of antibodies needed to fend off the new highly-infectious Omicron variant.

Hong Kong YouTuber Goes All the Way to South Africa to Find Out Why the $#*&^? Chinese People Moved There

Popular Hong Kong travel YouTuber Torres Pit托哥 recently went to Johannesburg to find out why so many Chinese people have chosen to live in South Africa.  What's interesting is how readily and openly Chinese merchants in Joburg's comparatively small Chinatown opened up ...

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 ...

In State of the Nation Address, Kenyatta Called For Kenya to Become the World’s Next “Asian Miracle”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered his eighth and final State of the Nation address on Tuesday and used the occasion to justify the massive expansion of the country's debt as part of his plan to accelerate economic growth, much the same way a small group of Asian ...

South African Eli Zaelo Wants to be China’s Next “Mandopop” Star

27-year old Pretoria-native Eli Zaelo came to Hong Kong a few years ago to perform as part of the Lion King cast at Disneyland. She had never been to Asia before and didn't speak a word of Chinese, either Cantonese or Mandarin. But she did see an opportunity, ...

South African Singer Eli Zaelo Wants to Become Hong Kong’s Next C-Pop Star

Pretoria native Eli Zaelo first moved to Hong Kong in 2015 to join the cast of the Disney show the "Lion King" which performed in the territory. After the show was over and she returned to South Africa, Zaelo felt compelled to return to the southern Chinese ...

Why Would Burundi Endorse China’s Controversial New Election Law in Hong Kong?

The small landlocked East African country of Burundi reportedly felt so strongly about China's controversial new election law for Hong Kong that it published an enthusiastic endorsement of the legislation and praised Beijing's "wisdom to ensure the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong ...

China’s Propagandists Use African Scholars to Make Its Case on Sensitive Core Issues Like Hong Kong

Chinese state media turns to "a Kenyan expert" to recite Beijing's logic for why it's important "to have patriotic people taking up certain positions" in Hong Kong under what was once the "One Country Two Systems" paradigm. Dr. Kigen ...
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