Stephen W. Smith: China in Africa, 19 March 2015
Show More China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard French.
Knopf, 285 pp., £22.50, June 2014, 978 0 307 95698 9Show More
“... 800 million countrymen: wheat has a higher nutritional value than rice. That year, a 25-year-old French grain trader, Jean-Yves Ollivier, travelled to Hong Kong and crossed the Sham Chun River, the natural border with mainland China, to enter the town of Shenzhen, then hardly more than a fishing village. The far bank was dotted with red flags, portraits of ...”