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Africans May Dislike Their Dependence on Imported Chinese Goods, But There Isn’t Much They Can Do About It

Workers produce mobile phone handsets at a factory in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province. STR / AFP

With a majority of China’s ports and factories still offline due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, African businesses are starting to run very low on supplies of products sourced in China, prompting discussions about where they will be able to find new, reliable yet equally affordable suppliers.

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