For one thing, they all might be seen to represent the trend of (re-)growing linkages between African, Asian and Latin American countries. As such, they are surrounded by a specific discourse which contains a number of signifiers referring to a particular view of history and economic development. A recurrent phrase within this discourse, ‘South-South Cooperation’, suggests that such linkages represent a kind of post-colonial recovery of extra-European patterns of trade and exchange. And to varying degrees, bureaucrats and businesspeople from the ‘rising powers’ do claim that their modes of interaction with African countries are fundamentally different from those behaviours associated with rich countries in the OECD.The true picture is complex, of course, and any overview does violence to subtleties.
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