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January 7, 2013

China's Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image

In Egypt alone, it is estimated that 15,000 Chinese traders - possibly as many as 100,000 - make a living as door-to-door salesmen.
Many do not speak a word of Arabic. In total some 750,000 traders from China officially live in Africa. They are emigrants determined to escape poverty at home and willing to adapt to their new surroundings when they step off the plane with no more than a bundle of personal belongings. A few of those willing to brave the streets and peddle their wares eventually manage to start their own factories, often after investing their life savings. -- China's Silent Army by Juan Pablo Cardenal

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 7, 2013 9:29 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.