Critical Resource published in December 2013 a brief article titled "Iron Clad: Partnerships with Chinese Firms in West Africa" by Henry Hall. The author argues that partnerships between Chinese and western firms in mining projects in West Africa could prove beneficial for companies and host governments, but only if the partners are a good fit.
In recent years, there has been an increasing trend whereby western multinational companies have turned to Chinese partners to seek investments. West Africa has been particularly popular for these relationships. The author looks at four partnerships that have enjoyed varying degrees of success.