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2007 AEC - Africa’s Business and Development Relationship with China: Seeking Moral and Capital Values of the Last Economic Frontier


Relationships between China and Africa were formally established in the 1950s but trade and cooperation dates back to over 100 years. Recently, as China’s economy continues to grow and transform into a major global player in all spheres, it is becoming clear that China increasingly needs to secure reliable sources of resources to support its economic development. For so long, investors have seen Africa as risky, unsafe and backward. But it is also adventurous and can be very lucrative in terms of returns and profits. Although attractive business can mostly be in energy, oil, and other raw materials, manufacturing, infrastructure development, supplies and services are equally very important.

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