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Vol 3 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2010


Deconstructing Chindia

Delhi’s diplomats show how its brand of democracy and business differs from Beijing’s

India’s push for more trade and access to African mineral resources in 2010 will be made with one eye focused on Beijing. Indian diplomats and businessmen are trying more than ever to distinguish their activities in Africa from China’s, which they deride as ‘exploitative’. What so far separates India from China is that New Delhi’s entrepreneurs and private companies have led the charge for India-Africa trade. McLeod Russel bought up a handful of tea plantations in Uganda in December, Bharti Airtel is in the market for African telecom purchases again, Tata Motors has announced that it will launch its inexpensive Nano car in Africa and Malawi’s government has invited Indian companies to build a port at Nsanje.

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