Reuters Business Report - Over the past decade Africa's economy has become a force to contend with.
Rich with natural resources it's fast becoming an attractive investment opportunity as DEVELOPED countries continue to battle economic headwinds.
China recognised its potential long before many others.
But now Africa is scrutinizing their trading partnership.
Many business leaders are no longer prepared to swap African oil, coal and iron ore for chinese manufactured imports.
They say China's sapping their own manufacturing sector, and would like to see shared skills and technology as well.
Tendai Biti is Zimbabwe's Finance Minister
ZIMBABWE FINANCE MINSTER, TENDAI BITI,
"The reality as well is that they are not comrades, their companies are there to make profits like everyone else, and therefore it's important for everyone to have your best lawyers, your best accountants, best advisors, when you are negotiating with them."
Africa's textiles business in particular is under huge stress.
"Many African's need to think more about the value added activities within their own countries, in nigeria there is a fantastic example, the Nigerians are one of the largest importers of tomatoes in the world, they export the tomatoes to Italy and they are one of the largest importers of tomato paste from Italy. There is no conceivable reason why Nigeria can not do all that value added activity in Nigeria".
The question now is whether China feels secure enough to share it's expertise with what could become its future competitors.