China’s growing economic influence in the world makes the United States jittery because of fears that US may lose its supremacy to the communist nation. In Africa, China is increasingly making incursions into the continent’s economy with vast political consequences.
David Shinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia was quoted recently as saying that the deepening engagement of China in Africa's infrastructure, mineral sector and telecommunications is creating "deep nervousness" in the West.
The regions of Africa with heavy China influence coincidentally experience dictatorships like in China. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Maummer Ghadafi until recently the strongman of Libya, and Omar Bashir of Sudan are unrepentant allies of China.
China’s involvement in Africa’s political and economic lives signals perhaps a second phase in the scramble for Africa’s resources after the partition of the continent by Western powers in Berlin in November of 1884.
Africa Public Square examines the implications of China’s interest in Africa. What are the motives of the communist nation? Is it the beginning of Africa losing its traditional friends – the West? What is best for Africa in this new scramble for her resources?
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