Onye Nkuzi, a social commentator international affairs and Political analysis has called for more collaboration between African countries and the Republic of China instead of the United States who he said is more interested in countering China growth in Africa.
Nkuzi said this in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, stating that the US doesn’t need Africa for anything.
According to him, United States does not need Africa for anything as it is already self-reliant.
He said half of its international trade is between its neighbors, Canada and Mexico – it doesn’t really need new trading partners.
He also said US interest in Africa has more to do with sentiments than realpolitik.
“China” is the only other major driver of US interest in Africa. Our strategic interests do not align.”
Read his tweets below…
US GDP per capita is $65,297.52. It is already a rich nation. Half of its international trade is between its neighbors, Canada and Mexico – it doesn’t really need new trading partners.
With the Shale Boom, it is almost energy independent.
It doesn’t need Africa for anything.
So all the talk about a renewal of US and African ties is driven more by sentiments than realpolitik.
With the “war on terror” winding down, there’s no realpolitik justification for renewed American interest in the African continent.
“China” is the only other major driver of US interest in Africa. Washington KNOWS it cannot compete with Beijing on trade in Africa, so it has a very limited focus – preventing Chinese firms from building digital infrastructure, because that limits CIA’s ability to operate here.
That’s why we are likely to see a lot of US investment in the tech space in Africa, but that’s about it – they have no real abiding interest in Africa.
Now no matter how many times I repeat this, people still don’t get it.
If not for the Cold War, the United States of America would have zero interest in Africa. Before the 1940s/50s, the last time the US had any real interest in Africa was during the Slave Trade.
In more direct language, our strategic interests do not align.