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China, U.S. and Africa: Competition or Cooperation
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As the United States has awakened to the extent of China s engagement in Africa, most military and political observers have characterized their relationship in alarmist and negative tones. While China s non-interventionist policy often frustrates U.S. political goals the U.S. should recognize and capitalize on opportunities to work with China in order to improve African quality of life and standard of living. Chinas peaceful development has both positive and negative implications for the U.S. and Africa in the areas of oil competition, development and governance, conflict resolution in Sudan, and improvement of Africa s general health services. By using diplomatic, informational, and economic instruments of power, the U.S. can leverage China s desire for peaceful development along with its capital investments and political influence in Africa to achieve our national interests of securing energy supplies stopping human rights abuses enhancing African governance and ultimately, improving the lives of 900 million Africans.
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