Goading the US to please China hardly seems the way for SA to grow trade

07 July 2019 - 00:00 By Sunday Times

Following his inauguration earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for an invigorated industrial policy for SA, and it seems he is intent on shaking up trade relations, too.

This week he emerged as a somewhat unlikely crusader for Chinese tech giant Huawei, by speaking out against the US blacklisting and ban on US companies dealing with Huawei. The US ban was suspended a week ago, but not before South African cellphone companies had lobbied Ramaphosa as the matter reportedly had consequences for about R100bn of infrastructure investment...

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