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Fight Over Africa Mounts Between U.S. and China

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

The daggers are starting to come out between the U.S. and China as the Asian giant displaces the U.S. as Africa’s number one trading partner.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at a recent forum on trade in Zambia, made slighting references to China’s growing African role.

"We are concerned that China's foreign assistance and investment practices in Africa have not always been consistent with generally accepted international norms of transparency and good governance,” she said. “(China) has not always utilized the talents of the African people in pursuing its business interests.”

"It is easy to come in, take out natural resources, pay off leaders and leave. And, when you leave, you don't leave much behind for the people who are there,” Clinton continued. “You don't improve the standard of living. You don't create a ladder of opportunity. We don't want to see a new colonialism in Africa.”

But an editorial in the state-run English-language China Daily newspaper took issue with Secretary Clinton, pointing out that China had never colonized any nation in Africa. “On the contrary, it is well known to African people and the world that China has helped Africa build many schools, hospitals and other infrastructure, which has benefited many African people.

“China has also been regularly reducing and canceling the debt of poor African countries and continues to provide preferential loans and credit support for them,” the piece titled “Africa Ties Benefit Both” said.

In a final one-two punch, the state-run newspaper added that African people were wise enough to be able to identify their true friends, writing: “They don't need lectures in this regard.”

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0 # Guest 2011-07-11 02:31
Real Democracy through out the Continent of Africa, would be a start!
0 # Guest 2011-06-27 11:32
Another case of the 'pot calling the kettle black', the United States has played a large role (along with other European countries) in the condition we find the continent of Africa and its people. And yes, the blackman in the United States has done very little to help in the "plight" of the black African people however, "its a new day" and black Americans have the resources (education, finances, talent and skill) to assist in the on-going development, negoiation(s) and consultation with African 'heads-of-state'. The Chinese recognize a "good-thing" and are trying to take advantage (like all self-serving nations) of their "new found" wealth, influence and "competent" economic,political and foreign policy. Secretary of State Clinton needs to 'remove the plank from her own eyes' (especially the one in her husbands, Haitian recovery fiasco) before trying to 'remove the splinter from the Chinese eyes'. T
+2 # Guest 2011-06-26 09:40
All African leaders need to be hanged or shot......including Nelson Mandela for the crime of not realizing who Africa's real enemies are. They have through their greed, selfishness and savage vanity allowed the continent and its people to become the "annus" of the world. India, South Korea, etc., were not more advanced than Africa in the 50's and 60's. Now look where they are and look where Africa is. The blackman is and has always been his own worse enemy and the caucasian has always taken advantage of the blackman's lack of empathy and solidarity with his own kind. Now China is replacing the caucasian, but nothing will change.
+1 # Guest 2011-06-25 18:14
Neo-colonialist America needs to sit down and shut up!! It's a new day. The tide is turning.

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