In Africa, Blinken Learns There's No Appetite For China Bashing

In Africa, Blinken Learns There's No Appetite For China Bashing

Andrew H. Sweet

Nowhere on his three-nation tour last week — to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal — was he able to escape obvious signs of the intense competition between the U.S. and China: a geopolitical power struggle that has been playing out largely in China's favor for the past two decades, especially in Africa.

While the Biden administration's efforts to help African nations combat the coronavirus pandemic and encourage climate-friendly policies appear to be making some initial progress, the broader picture is less encouraging.

As Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama pointed out, his country and others want the best deals they can get, and often that means looking to China.

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