Booming China-Africa Ties Attract Africans to Pursue Dreams in Guangzhou
   2013-03-27 21:42:01    Xinhua      Web Editor: Liu Ranran

African residents attend the Mass at a Cathedral in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, March 24, 2013. With the Chinese economy expanding fast over the past decades, African immigrants, previously unseen in China, have streamed into prosperous cities of Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and even to some second-tier cities. According to China's Ministry of Commerce, China's annual trade with Africa surged to about 200 billion U.S. dollars in 2012. The booming economic relations between the two sides attract thousands of Africans to pursue dreams and make fortunes in Guangzhou, one of the pioneering cities of the country's economic reform and opening up and a primary destination for Africans. Every afternoon, around Xiaobei Road and Huanshi Road, many Africans can be seen shuttling among stores to hand-pick jeans, T-shirts and other garments, carrying huge black plastic bags or giant backpacks. Authorities estimate there are some 100,000 inhabitants in the city. [Photo: Xinhua]


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