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Commentary: Chinese Leaving Africa? If True, No Need for Concern

In 2011, the BBC published a documentary on Chinese migrants in Africa, titled “The Chinese Are Coming.” Barely six years later, Western media such as the Financial Times and Quartz now say the Chinese are leaving, alleging that overseas Chinese are returning from the continent after low commodity prices have devalued African economies. But without reliable statistics, it remains debatable to categorically say migration has peaked and the trend has started to reverse. Western media appears to have drawn this conclusion by combining the decline of trade figures with the frustrations of migrants about the business environment. Even if a tiny fraction of these Chinese have packed up and left this time, there should be no concern. A decline in the number of small businessmen is a sign that China-Africa economic engagement is entering new phase. –ChinAfrica/

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