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Will US and China Cooperate in Africa?

Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that China will develop a plan to promote cooperation in Africa over the next three years, with a focus on South Africa, Africa’s second-largest economy. 

Chinese officials raised how Africa would receive defense and security assistance. The purpose of the CADSF showed an unidentified participant that China has an interest in separating Africans from the United States, promoting arms sales, and potentially securing more military bases in Africa, according to the report. African examples show that China is more economically influential than the United States compared to China, even though it is still only the second largest economy in the world after the Chinese authorities. China announced that it would set up an African Fund for Human Resources Development to help African countries train more specialists in various disciplines.

China is Africa’s largest trading partner, with Sino-African trade exceeding $200 billion annually, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade between China and Africa has increased so much that China is now Africa’s “largest trading partner,” overtaking the United States.

Chinese investment in the African continent has steadily increased, and China has encouraged Chinese companies to step up their investment and technological cooperation in Africa. In 2009, China was Africa’s largest trading partner and hopes to work with Africa to deepen integration of industrial supply chains.

Cooperation between China and Africa, however it develops, will continue to lead international cooperation in Africa. To achieve this, China must continue as it has always said before anyone else, “adds Zhang, Professor of International Relations at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

African countries and plays a role in implementing the promise of the Africa-China partnership. Joint scientific research between China and Africa should greatly promote development on the African continent. African countries, and this is the main reason why cooperation between China and Africa is welcomed by them and appreciated by their people. Ultimately, there is no better example of China’s cooperation in Africa than its cooperation with the United States.

This cooperation has been mutually beneficial for several decades, and China is committed to working together for joint development. China has always adhered to the right concept of justice and utility and is consistently committed to its cooperation with Africa.

Although China’s current aid to Africa is relatively small compared to the flows of aid from Western countries and Japan, it has increased dramatically in recent years, owing to its rising status in the global economy. While China is the second largest recipient of foreign aid after the United States, China has provided significant military assistance to Sudan and Zimbabwe, as well as a significant amount of humanitarian aid.

Driven by China-Africa cooperation, other countries are turning their attention more to Africa, which offers more opportunities for its development. Africa’s cooperation with China will enhance other countries “cooperation with the continent through its business environment, which in turn will enhance continental development capacities and business environments.

A stable and prosperous Africa will provide more investment and trade opportunities for the US and China, which can strengthen the dynamic of cooperation. China also has the added value of aid and public diplomacy, both of which reduce the need for foreign direct investment in Africa and other parts of the world and improve Chinese companies “access to African markets.

Africa will also gain scientific, technological, and administrative independence, and the Black Continent will be able to offer valuable candidates, while China can create opportunities to train African entrepreneurs in areas such as finance, technology, agriculture, education, health, energy, and agriculture. Second, the United States must seize the opportunities in Africa to pursue cooperation with China without giving the impression that US-China mutual hostility is growing. By strengthening the power of the “African voice” and engaging China at multiple levels, African countries are likely to prevent further asymmetries in Africa-China relations, and ensure that Africa reaps many lasting benefits from the engagement that China currently enjoys.

As the United States seeks to strengthen its economic engagement in Africa, China’s experience on the continent will provide valuable lessons. By cooperating with China on joint development projects and by developing economic cooperation and cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, it can try to condition Beijing’s practices towards Africa. The American and Chinese perspective on working with Africa to explore its potential, and the possibility that both powers can and will achieve better outcomes for Africa together, justify examining it.

BRI cooperation documents with China, as demonstrated by the signature of the BRI Agreement between the United States and China in July 2016 and the China-Africa Economic Corridor (CAC) in August 2016.

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which grew out of China-Africa media cooperation, underlined the importance of this forum for strengthening Sino-African relations. Africa is linked to China through the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (known as the China-China Economic Corridor (CAC) and the China Africa Infrastructure Investment Initiative (CEI), and is named after a joint United States-China initiative for African development.

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