The Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation co-hosted in May 2012 an international dialogue on natural resource demand and China's economy. The event took place in Zambia. The participants concluded that China's appetite for resources will eventually abate and that could happen with cruel suddenness. The conference examined countries that have used their natural resources wisely to develop their human capital, build resilience and diversify their economies -- and those that have not.
The resulting August 2012 conference document contains a paper titled "Africa and China: Between Debunking and Disaggregation" by Greg Mills and another titled "Chinese Traders: The Opaque Underbelly of China's Presence in Africa" by Terrence McNamee.
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