China’s First Import of Fresh Avocadoes from Africa Signals Closer China–Africa Trade (& Other?) Relations†
Digest | 文摘
The first batch of fresh avocados shipped to China from Kenya, Africa’s largest avocado exporter, just reached Shanghai. The shipment has arrived amid the growing trade between China and Africa. According to official data, China–Africa trade volume rose to USD 254 billion in 2021 (an increase of 35 percent year-on-year), with African exports reaching a record level of USD 106 billion.
This increase in trade volume between China and Africa is closely related to the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (the “FOCAC”), which was established in 2020. In November 2021, at the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC, President XI Jinping announced that China will work closely with African countries to jointly implement “nine programs”. The programs focus on nine important areas, including health care, poverty reduction, and trade promotion.
What aspects of China–Africa relations, apart from trade relations, are expected to show significant progress in the near future? Are there any challenges China and/or Africa will need to face as they turn towards expanding cooperation?
† This piece was contributed by David Wei Zhao and edited by SINOTALKS.COM.
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