The upcoming US-Africa summit is part of Washington’s attempts to undermine the growing Chinese influence in Africa, says Dr. Gerald Horne, author, researcher, and professor of history at the University of Houston, Texas.
The December 13–15 USA-Africa Summit will involve 49 delegations from African states and one from the African Union (AU).
Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, and Sudan were excluded due to the suspension of their AU membership. Eritrea, which has no diplomatic relations with the US, was also excluded.
No special programs that could be proposed at the summit are able to significantly undermine China’s influence in Africa, notes Nikolai Shcherbakov, professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.
According to him, embracing universalism in its policy towards Africa is the only option for the USA – which has sent invitations to the summit even to those under US sanctions.
Today your neighbor was not invited, tomorrow you may not be invited. In Africa, they understand that this can happen to anyone, so the USA is forced to demonstrate universalism.
The experience gained by China in recent years when holding pan-African summits shows that it does not just make no distinctions for political reasons, but emphatically cooperates with everyone, even with small states where China has no special interests.
China does not make any distinctions, it is engaged in dialogue with all African countries and quite successfully.
Meanwhile, China is Africa’s largest trading partner. The volume of China-Africa trade reached $254 billion in 2021, which is four times the volume of trade between the United States and African countries.
China remains the largest source of direct investment, about double the level of US investment. Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summits have been held every three years for the past 22 years, laying a solid foundation for China’s interaction with African countries.
Fang Wei, deputy director of the Center for Western Asia and Africa at Anhui University, said Africa is attracted by the Chinese experience for modernizing the economy and society.
It corresponds to the value needs and basic interests of a large number of countries on the African continent, which have long suffered from colonial domination and highly value national sovereignty after gaining independence.
African nations now have other options rather than to cooperate with Western countries, with Mali’s worsening relations with France and the withdrawal of the latter’s troops from the West African country serving as a glaring example.
The alignment of forces in the West African Sahel region has changed since anti-French governments came to power in Burkina Faso and Mali as a result of military coups.
French-led Operation Barkhane came to an end, followed by decisions by other Western countries to pull out from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Recently, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced plans to create its own peacekeeping mission in the region.
Since 1963, more than 22 African presidents, then in power, have been assassinated by France, many of them asserted their independence and refused to go along with the colonial power.
Dr. Horne believes that under these circumstances, the USA regime is cooperating with its European partners in pursuit of egoistic interests in Africa – but the prospects of this cooperation are doubtful.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Africa Development Blog News 2022.