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Travelling across three continents, Justin Rowlatt investigates the spread of Chinese influence around the planet and asks what the world will be like if China overtakes America as the world's economic superpower. In the first of two films, he embarks on a journey across Southern Africa to chart the extraordinary phenomenon of Chinese migration to Africa, and the huge influence of China on the development of the continent.

While many in the West view Africa as a land of poverty, to the Chinese it is seen as an almost limitless business opportunity. From Angola to Tanzania, Justin meets the fearless Chinese entrepreneurs who have travelled thousands of miles to set up businesses.

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    Justin Rowlatt with Chinese chicken traders in Lusaka Market, Zambia.

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    Justin Rowlatt with Zhu Hanqun, a Chinese entrepreneurial pioneer who has set up a Chinese plate factory in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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    Justin Rowlatt sails in a Dhow off the coast of Tanzania, which is a gateway for Chinese imports and exports into and out of Africa.

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    Justin Rowlatt on the Tazara railway in Tanzania, one of China's earliest African projects. Tanzania is one of the biggest recipients of Chinese aid.

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    Justin Rowlatt takes the Benguela railway in Angola. Originally built by the British, it is now being rebuilt by the Chinese.

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    Justin Rowlatt joins Chinese construction workers in AngolaĆ­s capital, Luanda. They are building one of the largest shopping centres in Africa. Tens of thousands of Chinese labourers are coming to Africa with Chinese construction.

Credits

Presenter
Justin Rowlatt
Director
Robin Barnwell
Producer
Robin Barnwell
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall

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