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China objects to Obama jab over African ties
August 7, 2014, 6:27 am

Senegalese and Chinese workers at a construction site in Dakar [Getty Images]

Senegalese and Chinese workers at a construction site in Dakar [Getty Images]

Beijing has hit back at US President Barack Obama after he took a dig at China at the 1st Africa-US Summit, as the world’s two biggest economies compete for strategic advantage in the continent.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday the US needs to reconsider its attitude to Chinese investment in Africa. Obama had on Wednesday claimed the US would be a better partner for Africa than China.

“We hope the United States, the largest developed country in the world, can play a greater role in supporting the development of African nations,” Hua said, urging Washington to be “objective” and “rational” about China’s engagement with Africa.

Obama argued during the US-Africa Leaders Summit that his administration is not simply seeking to extract resources for its own purposes.

“We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources. We recognise Africa for its greatest resource, which is its people and its talents and its potential. We don’t simply want to extract minerals from the ground for our growth,” Obama told African leaders and heads of state in Washington.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry official, however, refuted the allegations against Beijing saying China has a “stable history of cooperation with Africa”. As a developing country, China has provided assistance to Africa within its capacity and cooperated on a mutually beneficial basis with African countries, she said.

China’s investment has played a positive role in Africa in improving social and economic development, according to the spokeswoman.

“China’s African policy has always featured sincerity, friendship, equal treatment, mutual benefit and common development,” Hua said. “This is the fundamental reason why China-Africa cooperation is welcomed by African countries and people.”

China overtook the United States as Africa’s biggest trade partner in 2009.

China has built roads, railways, stadiums and pipelines in the continent even as it gained access to Africa’s oil and minerals.

Historically, Sino-African ties have also been strengthened by the fact that Beijing backed African liberation movements fighting to throw off Western colonial rule.

During his Africa trip earlier this year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang unveiled extra aid for Africa totaling $12 billion.

This amount was in addition to the offer of $20 billion in loans to Africa between 2013 and 2015, made by Chinese President Xi Jinping in March 2013.


 TBP and Agencies

5 Responses to China objects to Obama jab over African ties

  1. Sun Reply

    August 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    who is the better development partner of Africa, USA or China ? The facts on the ground say the latter.
    Rumours even say Western countries urged China to slow down it’s construction activities (roads, dams, etc) on the continent. I think that says it all. Sure this is not about altruism, but it seems, as opposed to the West, a modernized Africa doesn’t pose a threat to China.
    We also know that, despite rhetorics, the unofficial policy of the USA since the end of the 2nd World War was to keep Africa raw materials supplying region. The Bretton Woods institutions and US government agencies like the CIA helped to implement that policy.

  2. Rodney Reply

    August 8, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Wise words, totally agree with you.

    US Of A always has hidden agendas with her leader’s sweet words. Remember all the promises made by B Ob(s)ama before elected president? Received Nobel Peace price for his anti-war rhetoric and thereafter continued to bombard Afganistan, Iraq, many countries in Africa etc. Now he is saying, “We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources. We recognise Africa for its greatest resource, which is its people and its talents and its potential. We don’t simply want to extract minerals from the ground for our growth”. This is RED ALERT to African leaders, unless as usual his masters aka New World Order has issued the usual NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL, behind the scene, to the African leaders.

    Africans!! stay united and stay friendly with BRICS. STAY AWAY FROM THE US AND HER ALLIES!!!!

  3. Jean Michel Reply

    August 9, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Obama said: “We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources.”
    As soon as these words were uttered, the African leaders shuddered. They had visions of American bombs raining on Libya, of American depleted uranium dropped on Iraq, of hecto litres of agent orange poured by the Americans on Vietnam, of the many South American politicians and Iranian scientists who were assassinated, of the victims of American drones, etc.
    It would have been much better, thought the African leaders, that the American bought what the African countries can sell, that is, oil and minerals, and sold to the African countries what the African countries want. This is what China has been doing over the last fourteen years and it works well for the African countries. Under such arrangement, the African countries have grown faster than most other countries.
    The African leaders also thought that the US should keep its tendency to “liberate” and to bring “democracy” to countries other than Africa because such notions means bombing, invasions and sanctions rather than liberty and freedom.

  4. Edward Laki, Port Moresby Reply

    August 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    African leaders should by now know who is a liar. We do not have to go back to history to understand who is our true partner today. Who is killing children in Gaza? Who is killing innocent African-Americans on the streets in US? Who is the one behind instability in the Middle East and Africa, where so many innocent lives have been lost and so many people (mothers and children)are struggling through unbearable situations (nightmares)? Who is creating problem in Ukraine? I strongly believe Africa and Papua New Guinea have found a genuine and honest partner in China so let us build or enhance out friendship with China for the common good of our people.

  5. Jeffery Yandeken Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I applauded Mr. Edward Laki’s comments.

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