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Vol 47 No 10

Published 12th May 2006


South Africa

Who makes the shirts?

China's booming exports cause political problems for Mbeki's ruling alliance

President Hu Jintao missed out South Africa on his tour of Africa and the Gulf last month, when he visited Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya. That wasn't a snub to the would-be leader of the continent. Beijing and Pretoria are negotiating a bilateral trade deal, to be concluded in due course with pomp, ceremony and a grand summit. Yet China's fast-growing economic power, in Africa as elsewhere, divides South African policy-makers.

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