From donkeys to dried scorpions, the tale of Chinese imports from Africa

China is a major trading partner of Sudan, however some commercial exchanges with the Asian giant have often become a matter of controversy. (Shutterstock)

The director of the department of the Sudanese Ministry of Commerce, has said that he has received orders for the first time to export donkeys and chicken legs and dried scorpions to China.

China is a major trading partner of Sudan. However some commercial exchanges with the Asian giant have often become a matter of controversy. Last year, Sudanese customs authorities seized 200 kilos of dried scorpions on their way to China.

A government official in Niger revealed that about 80,000 donkeys were exported to China last year from African countries compared to 27,000 donkeys in the preceding year.

Several African countries, including Niger and Burkina Faso, have banned the sale of donkeys to China, despite the growing population of the animal in Africa by about three times.

For many other African counties, however, this has become a profitable trade. Kenya, for instance, has allowed Chinese traders to open a slaughterhouse that kills roughly 100 donkeys a day.

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