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Obama steps into China’s African shadow

by Narayani Basu, Asia Times:

US President Barack Obama arrived in Senegal on Wednesday for the first leg of a week-long trip to Africa. Moving on to South Africa for the weekend, he was scheduled to end his visit in Tanzania on Monday and Tuesday.

The trip is a bid by the United States to strengthen ties and improve investment opportunities. That much is clear in the statement released by the White House in May, which said that Obama intended to “reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders”.

The question is – is it too little, too late?

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2 comments to Obama steps into China’s African shadow

  • Glitter 1

    “You can fool some of the people some of the time,but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time” – Abraham Lincoln

  • Ed_B

    “The question is – is it too little, too late?”

    Yes, it is MUCH too late. That train left the station YEARS ago. Africans are not stupid. They do not care what people say and are more more interested in what they do. The US and other developed countries have demonstrated clearly that our “caring” about others around the world starts with the resources they have that we need and ends with the votes they can extract at home from sympathetic ethnic groups. Africa is courted specifically to harvest black and lib votes at home. Countries that do not have oil, minerals, or large blocks of ethnic voters are left to rot while those that do are ruthlessly exploited. Africans seek partnerships with others who can help them develop what they have, not simply loot them and move on. The Chinese are hard at work helping African countries develop, build partnerships, and become more advanced. While this is happening, the Obamunists are TALKING about helping others. Doing beats talking every time and the Africans are WELL aware of it. Only fools are not.

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