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COVID Flare-Ups in China Threaten to Disrupt What’s Otherwise Been a Strong Year For China-Africa Trade

Security staff standing guard at the entrance of a residential area following COVID-19 cases in Zhangye in China's northwestern Gansu province. STR / AFP

While global trade experiences unprecedented disruptions of major supply chain networks, that turbulence does not appear to have had much effect on the volume of Chinese trade with African countries, at least so far.

Chinese customs authorities announced last week that two-way trade for the first eight months of the year totaled $162.7 billion, 40% higher than the same time last year. At this pace, bilateral trade between China and African countries is on track to easily exceed the $187 billion the two regions did in 2020.

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