While SA has sided with China over US sanctions on Chinese tech giant Huawei, it will have to convince the US to keep the country in its African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) preferential trade agreement next month.

Due to the size of its economy and the fact that at least two-thirds of SA's GDP is derived from exports, the country will have to tiptoe through trade battles and avoid pledging loyalty to any one trade bloc, trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel said.

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