Here’s why China’s trade deal with Mauritius matters

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Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash
Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash

China’s small-state-first trade diplomacy, starting in New Zealand followed by Iceland, and now having reached Mauritius, appears to reflect a preference for a “side door” and small-scale experimental approach to what is ultimately intended as a regional trade policy. This way, China gains experience in understanding the regional “rules of the road” and incrementally builds up a brand as an effective trade partner in the particular region.



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