China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa relaxes coronavirus restrictions to lowest level

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has eased restrictions aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic to the country’s lowest alert level, the second such loosening this month as the country looks to open up its economy ahead of the summer holiday season. In a televised address, Ramaphosa announced the country would move down one level in… Read More South African President Cyril Ramaphosa relaxes coronavirus restrictions to lowest level

China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. The G7 leaders on Sunday took China to task over human rights in the heavily Muslim… Read More China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

G7 leaders agree to increase contributions to boost climate finance

G7 leaders agreed on Sunday to raise their contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming, but only two nations offered firm promises of more cash. Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing… Read More G7 leaders agree to increase contributions to boost climate finance

China cautions G7 leaders over global power rivalry

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the richest democracies as they sought to act in concert to counter Beijing’s might. The re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to… Read More China cautions G7 leaders over global power rivalry

G7 seeks to counter China with grand infrastructure plan

The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China’s growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. The G7, whose leaders are meeting in southwestern England, has been searching for a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of Xi after… Read More G7 seeks to counter China with grand infrastructure plan

South Africa elects, swears in Cyril Ramaphosa as President after Jacob Zuma’s resignation

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. The road back to prosperity and self-respect under Ramaphosa, who became ANC head in December, will be long and hard in a… Read More South Africa elects, swears in Cyril Ramaphosa as President after Jacob Zuma’s resignation

South African police raid homle of the Gupta brothers as ANC unveils plans to sack President Jacob Zuma 

​The ANC on Wednesday unveiled plans to sack South African President Jacob Zuma via a parliamentary no-confidence vote, hours after armed police raided the luxury home of his friends the Gupta brothers, investigating corruption allegations. The raid marked a dramatic escalation in the pressure on Zuma and the political faction around him accused of milking… Read More South African police raid homle of the Gupta brothers as ANC unveils plans to sack President Jacob Zuma