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Ghana panics after China begins exporting cocoa beans

– – Some Ghanaians are panicking over reports of the Chinese entry into the cocoa industry. The Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences recently reported that the Chinese island of Hainan has exported cocoa beans to Belgium. The first consignment of 500 kg of cocoa beans amounted to some $3,600. Ghana’s COCOBOD, the agency that handles issues related to cocoa farming and export in Ghana is assessing the impact of the impact of cocoa beans by China. Although COCOBOD appears concerned, it maintains that the quantity of the Chinese cocoa export is…

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Africa China World 

China’s Covid-19 anal swab test policy angers foreign visitors

– – China has made it compulsory for foreign travelers to that country to undertake anal swab tests for COVID-19. The move has angered many visitors who consider it inconvenient and even psychological traumatic. Beijing, Shanghai and the port city of Qingdao are some of the cities requiring the checks, in addition to nasal or throat swab tests. The anal swab test is compulsory for some international arrivals, state media has reported. According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control the test is performed with a sterile cotton swab. –…

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Africa China World 

Chinese lottery firm expands its crypto presence

– – Lotteries are extremely popular in China, where many millions of people buy tickets every year in the hope of striking lucky. This process has gone online over the last few years, as more and more people in the country gain access to the internet, and has only served to increase its popularity. Lottery companies are certainly keeping up with the times in China, and one of the best examples of this comes from 500.com and its acquisition of BTC.com. 500.com is one of the biggest Chinese sports lottery…

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Africa China Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe receives 200k doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China

– – Zimbabwe has received its first 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm Covid vaccine from China, according to the government. The consignment of the vaccine arrived on Monday morning in a Air Zimbabwe flight and were handed over to the government. The handing over to the government was done by Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe. China donated the 200,000 doses with an additional 600,000 doses already ordered by the government expected to arrive next month. Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767- 200 ER carrying the Sinopharm #COVID19Vaccine consignment for Zimbabwe arrives at RGM…

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Africa China World 

China and WHO acted too slowly to contain Covid-19

China and the World Health Organization (WHO) could have acted quicker and more forcefully to contain the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, an independent review panel said on Monday. In its second interim report, the Switzerland-based Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response determined that Beijing could have been more vigorous in applying public health measures when cases were first detected in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei province. “What is clear to the panel is that public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national…

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China and Lending – Will Africa Suffer From a More Frugal Outlook?

– – Prior to the popular ‘Africa Rising’ narrative which gained momentum at the turn of the century, the region’s debt crisis was one of the main topics of developmental economics. This was particularly apparent during the 1980s, when most African nations were trapped in an unsustainable cycle of debt. In fact, Africa’s cumulative debt burden increased from just $8 billion in 1970 to a staggering $174 billion at the end of 1987, or 322% when expressed as a proportion of exported goods and services. China’s borrowing helped to ease…

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Lifestyle People 

‘HEALING RAIN’ Falls Worldwide as TB Joshua Declares End To Coronavirus Outbreak!

As the world grapples to deal with the outbreak of coronavirus, Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua has declared that showers of rain would fall to ‘wipe away’ the deadly virus.  On Saturday 29th February 2020, Joshua declared that “showers of rain that will wipe away the fear of the unknown” would fall as a sign the days of the disease were numbered. In the days that followed, rain surprisingly fell in cities around the world, including in Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the disease and location of most of its fatalities.  For many…

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Africa Business China Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

China ‘angry’ with Zimbabwe for understating financial support

China has said that Zimbabwe has been understating its financial help to the southern African nation. Zimbabwe’s recently released budget figures ranked China poorly when it comes to foreign countries  supporting it. The country’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement last week that the country received $194m from bilateral donors between January and September this year. Out of that figure Ncube said China provided $3.6m, a figure that was considered meager due to the publicized relations between China and Zimbabwe. But the Chinese embassy in Harare has…

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Africa China Russia World 

Why U.S. is worried about Russia, China presence in Africa

Africa for centuries has been a place where the world’s super powers like to deepen their presence hoping to secure some of it’s territories and resources. That led to slavery and colonization and their impact have been devastating for years and do not seem to have ended just yet. Since the beginning of the 20th century when most African countries started fighting for their independence from colonial rule, there has been a shift in how super powers like Europe, America, China and Russia engage Africa. There have been efforts to…

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Africa China Russia World 

How world powers are distracting Africa from its development

For years Africa has been known as the continent that goes begging for help to develop. That has led to mounting debts that ultimately cripple economies on the continent. The dream of founding leaders of many African countries especially Ghana’s Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was for Africa to unite as a major force to take control of its developmental agenda. On July 7, 2019 African leaders made history by launching the much talked about continental free-trade zone in Niger’s capital, Niamey. It would be the world’s largest free trade area uniting…

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