What on earth is going on downstairs?

That's The question everyone should be asking about China's ties with Africa. International aid to Africa, and the way it is being reported in the media, remains controversial. When the British government announced recently that it would cut off aid to South Africa in 2015, choosing instead to base its future relationship with the country on trade rather than aid, it was met by a furious reaction from the South African government. This step was interpreted by some as related to South Africa's inclusion in the BRICS bloc of emerging economies and closer ties to China.

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