(Maria Danilova & Cara Anna – Associated Press)
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, which are “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage.”
National security adviser John Bolton laid out the new strategy in remarks at the Heritage Foundation, saying the U.S. will now choose its African partners more carefully. He took special aim at China, accusing it of wielding “bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands.”
Russia, he alleged, is also “seeking to increase its influence in the region through corrupt economic dealings.” Russia and China’s efforts across the African continent, he said, “stunt” its economic growth. Click here to read more.
- Bolton to Outline U.S. Africa Strategy to Counter Russia, China (Bloomberg)
- Trump Administration Looks Toward the Future U.S.-African Trade and Investment Relationship (USTR)
- Reassessing Africa’s Global Partnerships (Brookings Institute)
- U.S. Corporates Made More Investments in Africa in 2017 than Businesses From Any Other Country (Quartz)