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China in Africa: The Real Story

World Bank Pushes (?) China to Offshore Manufacturing to Africa

Deborah Brautigam

Robert Zoellick hugging panda. Credit: AP
World Bank president Robert Zoellick has taken on the idea that China is restructuring, and that some of the lower-end manufacturing jobs will be going abroad. Why not to Africa? As readers of The Dragon's Gift know, the Chinese have been thinking about this at least since 1984, and have put a number of tools in place to help make this happen (see Chapter 3: "Going Global").

In a recent YouTube video, Bob Zoellick elaborates on his efforts to engage Chinese officials to take "practical steps" on this. I wonder if he knows he's preaching to the choir?

A hat tip to Henry Hall at China Africa News. He's made his site a go-to place for current events and analysis.