The Myth of Chinese Exceptionalism in Africa

Publication date:

October 16, 2019


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China


A study by researchers at SOAS University of London dispels the notion that Chinese businesses in Africa are inherently different or detrimental. Their comprehensive analysis of firms in Angola and Ethiopia reveals that wage disparities are influenced by factors such as industry position and competition strategies rather than the nationality of the company. The research emphasizes the need for nuanced policies, urging governments to focus on industry specifics and business models instead of fixating on nationality to enhance opportunities for workers and citizens in African countries. This study challenges the prevailing perception, demonstrating that understanding business dynamics is essential for effective policymaking.


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