China US Focus published on 29 August 2014 an analysis titled "Does the US-Africa Leaders Summit Reflect a Shift in America's Strategic Thinking?" by Dong Chunling and Wang Lei, both assistant researchers at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, a government think tank.
The authors concluded there has been a shift in America's strategic thinking towards Africa for two reasons. First, Africa's economy is growing so fast. Second, emerging powers have entered Africa in such force that it is resulting in a decline of American influence.