Caixin OnlineWorld Don't Blame China for Trade Imbalances with Africa, Expert Says
12.03.2012 18:22

Don't Blame China for Trade Imbalances with Africa, Expert Says

Moeletsi Mbeki argues it is up to countries to develop their manufacturing sectors and diversify their economies
By staff reporter Yonina Chan

(Beijing) – China is not to blame for trade imbalances with African, says South African political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.

Mbeki's remarks were in response to South African President Jacob Zuma's assertion in June that the trade pattern between China and African countries was unsustainable in the long term.

Mbeki is deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, a non-government think tank, and the younger brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

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