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Vol 1 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2008

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Why are China's importers of raw materials so interested in Africa rather than other continents, such as Latin America? Latin America's natural resources are largely controlled by giant companies from the United States - not rivals to be lightly tackled. A review, Mercados Latinoamericanos, has recently tried to find other answers. They indicate that African political responses to Chinese investment could in the long term thwart China's hopes.

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