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Chinese Vaccine Shipments to Africa Pick Up As Beijing Reports 260 Million Doses Delivered Worldwide

Chinese vaccine deliveries to Africa appear to have picked up pace with shipments going to more countries over the past week, according to the latest tracking map produced by CGTN.

China Extends Pandemic Relief to Another Multilateral Organization

China donated a batch of medical supplies (not vaccines though) to the United Nations Economic Commission in Africa in what now appears to be part of a larger effort to provide critical pandemic relief to United Nations organizations and other multilateral institutions. ...

China Cranks Up the Campaign to Lobby African Stakeholders on Xinjiang

With Xinjiang now emerging as a core dividing issue in the increasingly acrimonious U.S.-China relationship, it appears that Beijing is leaning even more on its ties in Africa and other parts of the Global South as part of an effort to build a coalition ...

Some African Governments Can’t Have it Both Ways

African governments and multilateral institutions frequently say that they want no part of any new so-called "Cold War" between the U.S. and China. Leaders in those organizations are very quick to remind everyone that they remember the last time Africa got swept up in a Great Power ...

The U.S., China, Russia, and the UAE All Competing For Greater Access to Sudan’s Red Sea Ports

TWEET TRANSLATION:I am honored to welcome the USS Winston Churchill in Port Sudan. This historic visit shows the United States' support for the democratic transition in Sudan and our desire for a new era of cooperation and partnership with Sudan -- Brian Shukan, U.S. ...

China’s Decision To Hold on To Its Oil Assets in Sudan May Now Start To Pay Off

Sudan's oil industry is starting to rumble back to life, following this year's landmark peace agreement with rival South Sudan and a dramatic improvement in ties with the United States, which recently took Khartoum off its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Sudan Under Pressure From Both China and the U.S.

The Sudanese government is being pulled in opposite directions by the United States and China over potentially volatile political issues related to Israel and Xinjiang. In its efforts to move more North African and Arab countries to recognize Israel, the United ...

As Tensions Rise Among China’s Partners Along the Blue Nile, Beijing’s Nowhere to be Found

Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy confirmed last week that his country has filled the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) across the Blue Nile with an initial 4.9 billion cubic meters of water that he claims is needed for both power generation and domestic and agricultural use. ...

15-Years Ago Three African Countries Were Among China’s Top Oil Suppliers, Today Only One’s Left

Amid the ongoing discussions surrounding African debt restructuring and the proposed multibillion-dollar China-Iran comprehensive partnership agreement, China's oil procurement is a through-line that binds some of these disparate issues together. After all, Angola accounts for approximately a third of ...

Not a Day Goes by That Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian Doesn’t Talk About COVID-19 Aid to Africa

Regular readers of this newsletter may have noticed a new trend. In recent weeks, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian has mentioned Beijing's COVID-19 medical relief to Africa in almost every one of his regular press briefings.  The questions ...
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