Bans on imports of Chinese milk products by African states fearing contamination have highlighted the growing presence of Chinese goods in Africa’s markets and raised worries over depending on them too heavily. From Ivory Coast in the west to Tanzania in the east, governments have joined the list of countries blocking Chinese milk imports over concerns they could be contaminated with deadly melamine. African consumers have come to rely on cheap Chinese goods, including food, as they struggle with high prices. Chinese exports to Africa rose 40 percent in the first half of 2008. (Reuters)

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