I'm currently writing a paper on China in Africa and I'd like to compare Africas Exports to China with its exports to Europe and the USA. More specifically I'd like to find out if the Exports to China consist of more natural resources than those to Africas other trading partners. However I find it hard to distinguish between "extractive goods" and non-extractive ones. So far I used Comtrades HS-categorization and the categories:
- 5 mineral products
- 9 wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
- 14 natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
- 15 base metals and articles of base metal
Do you think this wouldd be ok, or do you have any sources that state which categories to define as "extractive"?