Regional Focus: CHINA-AFRICA
In 2010, China-Africa trade surpassed the USD 100 billion mark for the first time, and despite the political turmoil in North Africa, trade in H1 2011 is around 30% higher y-o-y. We also review the major China-Africa deals in H1 2011, and profile China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, one of China's leading EPC contractors in Africa.
Regional Focus: CHINA-AUSTRALIA
Australia continues to ride the resource boom, posting a GDP growth rate of 2.3% in 2009-10. Bilateral trade with largest trade partner China increased by more than 45% from 2009 to 2010, reaching USD 88.1 bn. Investment activities remain robust with sustained interest in mining and increasing interest in agro-processing, renewable energy and other sectors. However, concerns loom over a fluctuating Australian economy, over-reliance on China and skill shortages.
Regional Focus: CHINA-LATIN AMERICA
China has continued to strengthen its political and economic ties with Latin America in 2011. An official visit to the region by one of China's leading political figures, along with continued trade and investment growth are indicative of strengthening strategic ties between China and Latin America. In this edition, we revisit China's relationship with Mexico, including an interview with the Ambassador of Mexico to China, Jorge Guajardo.