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The Emergence of New African "Trading Posts" in Hong Kong and Guangzhou

Brigitte Bertoncelo and Sylvie Bredeloup


At a time when China is strengthening its economic ties with African countries both by sourcing raw materials and tapping a large consumer goods market, African traders are expanding their presence in China. Making the most of the conditions offered by the authorities, they have opened trading posts in Hong Kong and Guangzhou in order to sell products manufactured elsewhere in China for African customers. These traders are at the forefront of a new migration wave. This article analyses their profiles and itineraries before exploring their impact on the transformation of two specific locations: Chunking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, and the Xiao Beilu area in Guangzhou.

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Brigitte Bertoncelo and Sylvie Bredeloup, « The Emergence of New African "Trading Posts" in Hong Kong and Guangzhou », China Perspectives [Online], 2007/1 | 2007, Online since 08 April 2008, connection on 25 January 2022. URL : ; DOI :

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