With investments totalling over 200 billion USD and an ultra-modern building in Addis Ababa worth 200 million USD ‘offered’ to the African Union (AU), many observers believe that China has become the new colonial master of Africa, whose natural resources are being shipped day and night to the far east.
And this is at the expense of the West which has run out of ideas as to how to tackle Chinese domination of the ‘dark continent’.
But Western powers have begun to fight back, scrambling to put a few ideas and mechanisms in place to regain at least a portion of what is used to be their territory.
This is what US President Barrack Obama is coming to do in Africa. If the White House’s statement is to be believed, Obama is coming to strengthen economic growth, democratic institutions and African leadership. However, the White House did not elaborate how Obama is going to strenghen that leadership, which is known the world over as ‘reckless’, ‘cruel’ and ‘corrupt’.
Neverthless, Washington said that the coloured leader is coming to reinforce the ‘close ties’ between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. These are the close ties that loosened over the past few years, as China took advantage of the West’s financial crisis to give Africa a shoulder to cry on at the time when the continent felt abandoned by the US and the EU.
This is a second visit to Africa for both Obama and his wife Michelle, the latter having visited Botswana and South Africa recently, and the former having chosen Ghana four years ago. This time – from June 26 to July 3 – he has set his sights on Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, and surprisingly has forsaken Kenya, the country of his father’s roots.
Western commentators are already speculating on why he overlooked Kenya. The reason, they say, is simply because Kenya’s newly elected president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity.
Africa is back under the West’s microscope, and China won’t like it, but si vis pacem para bellum. if China wants ‘eternal peace and cooperation’ with Africa, it must prepare for ‘war’ against the West.