Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"China Ignores Warning Bells"

I am quoted in this Radio Free Asia piece by Parameswaran Ponnudurai. Here is my quote:
"African nations do not have the institutions to keep harmful and counterfeit products from entering, and China has either not figured out or is not interested in preventing these problems at the source," said David Shinn, an African expert at George Washington University.

Chinese firms have also been accused of engaging in corruption in Africa, for which China is the largest trading partner with total trade valued at U.S. $127 billion last year.

"[T]here are few indications that China is beginning to see corruption as a negative factor for doing business in Africa," said Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

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