Connecting Africa to China
China expands its African vaccine diplomacy
The Covid-19 vaccine roll-out effort is off to an encouraging start throughout Africa as it is significantly aided by Chinese vaccine donations. To date, China has donated or sold vaccines to 19 African nations including South Africa’s neighbour, Zimbabwe. South Africa, a Covid-19 hotbed and global focal point thanks... Read more
China and Mauritius sign deal as African Free Trade Agreement goes live
Mauritius and China have signed the first Sino-African Free Trade Agreement, opening the African island nation to new trade opportunities with the globe’s second-largest economy. The deal, which was made official on Friday, coincides with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which went into effect... Read more
South Africa and China recommit to trade: ambassador
China, South Africa’s largest trade partner, wants to resume projects that were stymied by the Covid-19 pandemic, said the new Chinese ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong. China would encourage the resumption of China-Africa trade and collaboration, Chen told the African News Agency (ANA). Chen, who served as a high-ranking... Read more
China to help Africa fight Covid, build economies
China said it would offer aid and assistance to its African trade partners in their prolonged battle with the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also committed to build on existing economic partnerships across the continent.   Speaking at the virtual China-Africa Cooperation summit on 27 August, Zhao Xiyuan, an official... Read more
Chinese Covid-19 vaccine progresses to final hurdle
Sinopharm, one of China’s leading medical companies and a global contender in the race for a Covid-19 vaccination, may develop the much-needed vaccine ahead of schedule. The drug could be available this year, several months ahead of what was originally thought, according to Chinese state media on 22 July.... Read more
Alipay and Vodacom broker mega platform deal
South African telecoms company, Vodacom, and Alipay, China’s largest digital payments platform, have announced a collaboration to further Vodacom’s transition from a telco to a tech giant. The two firms announced on Saturday that they would co-develop a ”super-app’ which will serve as a digital marketplace for goods and... Read more
China offers to help Africa through Covid-19 woes
China has said it will forgive African countries their interest-free loans for the year while it pledged to reinforce its African allies’ medical resources as the continent battles the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to attendees at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the Covid-19 Pandemic in Beijing on Thursday,... Read more
TikTok a hit among African youth
Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is targeting growth in African countries, as it offers a new platform for influencers across the continent. TikTok has been raising awareness of its benefits through “creator sessions” for youths in Nairobi, Kenya. It has partnered with Transsion, a Chinese phone maker with a major... Read more