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Vol 2 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2008

The twins and trade

The provinces are twinned with African countries but it is more than just the usual polite and friendly gesture common in Europe

The twinning of provinces and cities in China and Africa is central to Beijing’s strategy of allowing provinces to take a lead role in trade matters. For Beijing, twinning is much more than the polite cultural exchanges promoted by European cities; instead it is a detailed economic and commercial strategy with clear objectives.

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