The National Interest published on 17 August 2014 a commentary titled "Five Reasons Why the United States Can't Beat China in Africa" by Zachary Keck, managing editor of The Diplomat.
Unfortunately, the title of the article misses the point. The United States is not trying to "beat" China in Africa. There are areas of competition such as competing for contracts just as there is US competition with companies from the UK, France, and Germany. In the final paragraph of the article, the author writes: "In sum, the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit notwithstanding, the United States cannot compete with China in Africa." Even if you accept the premise of the article, it is silly to suggest that the United States cannot even "compete" with China. Fortunately, the author goes ... [view whole blog post ]