China overtook the United States to become Africa's single biggest trading partner in 2009, with 13.9% of the continent's trade, ahead of the US with 13%, but figures show that Africa is a minor player in China's overall trade.
China's trade with Africa reached $166.3-billion in 2011 and nearly $200-billion in 2012. Total foreign trade with South Africa has reached $45-billion, which makes up a significant portion of China's trade with the continent.
South Africa is China's biggest African trade partner and China is the primary destination for South African exports, followed by the US, Japan, Germany and India.
But the 2011 figures of the National Bureau of Statistics of China show that trade with South Africa is very small compared to China's trade with other countries.Read More