A 6-day convention aimed at promoting trade between China and countries surrounding the Great Lakes region in southeastern Africa wrapped up on Thursday in Wuxi. In all, representatives from 12 African states took part in the event in eastern China, including countries like Angola that are not technically part of the Great Lakes region.
One of the key takeaways from this week’s expo is the fact that it took place in the eastern city of Wuxi near Shanghai rather than in one of the more traditional African business hubs in China like Guangzhou or Beijing. This is part of a broader trend where Chinese provincial and even municipal actors are playing a more important role in the Sino-African trading relationship.
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