African traders in China: is the honeymoon over?

China’s economic restructuring could be considered to be one of the factors that are driving African traders to leave China. However, the global commodity prices drop does not have an impact on traders’ presence or absence in China. This piece argues that even though China’s economic restructuring may have had an impact on the business interests of African traders, they are not leaving China in large numbers. The small numbers of traders who are leaving are generally more concerned about their precarious stay status particularly due to overstaying. In addition, individuals have also departed because of poor investment decisions that have failed to yield sufficient profits and have resulted in financial hardship.

Although manufacturing bases are relocating to countries such as Bangladesh,…

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