Tuesday, August 5, 2014

China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?

TomDispatch published on 5 August 2014 a long analysis titled "China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?" by Nick Turse.  While the commentary contains some useful analysis, the title and lead are unfortunate and misleading.  Much of the piece deals with the situation in South Sudan.  To even suggest that China supports the Salva Kiir government and the United States supports the Riak Machar rebels (hence new Cold War?) is just plain silly.  South Sudan is actually a place where China and the US both seek an end to the conflict and to encourage political stability.  It is hardly the location of a new Cold War.  In fact, China and the US have worked together in an effort to end the mayhem.

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