Wednesday, March 21, 2018

China, the US, and Ethiopia

The Diplomat posted on 20 March 2018 a commentary titled "Why the West Needs to Stop Complaining and Start Engaging China in Africa" by Pippa Morgan, a PhD candidate at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Using Ethiopia as the example, the author suggests that much more could be achieved in Africa if China and the West proactively worked together across the continent. Much of the political discourse seems unable to accept that China's role is equaling--or even surpassing--that of the West.

While the author's suggestion is well taken, there are many reasons why there has not been more cooperation between China and the West in Africa and some of the reasons are found in China and with African governments. If African governments do not want China and the West to cooperate, it probably will not happen.

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