Chinese influence grows as US flounders in Africa


Athe unfolding tariff war between the US and China looms ever larger, Africa finds itself in a bind as the world’s greatest superpowers vie for trade supremacy. While some say that Africa will be forced to pick sides, Africa wisely shows signs of wanting to maximise both partnerships. Yet recent events show Africa moving ever closer to Beijing while Washington undergoes an apparent crisis of confidence in its approach.

As the global competition with China unfolds, the US has become increasingly insecure about its influence in Africa. Watching President Xi Jinping roll out huge investment projects under the One Belt One Road initiative, Washington seems mired in delivering traditional aid and security packages to little fanfare. America is still one of Africa’s most important…

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