In Ethiopia, Chinese companies such as shoe manufacturer Huajian Group hire locals. When there are local employees, there are also more labour disputes. Photo: AP
Celine Sui
Opinion

Opinion

Celine Sui

The everyday reality for China’s belt and road plan in Africa is labour issues, rather than foreign relations

  • When Chinese companies go to countries like Ethiopia, they find themselves having to deal with labour disputes and run up against legal and cultural complexities. These are the risks firms have to manage, away from the headlines

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In Ethiopia, Chinese companies such as shoe manufacturer Huajian Group hire locals. When there are local employees, there are also more labour disputes. Photo: AP
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