According to a publication by the Herald, the new 45th United States President Donald Trump’s transition team has been circulating a list of questions on U.S. – Africa relations. At the very top of that list are two important questions:
Ø How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa?
Ø Are we losing out to the Chinese?
As to the second question, yes, China is kicking U.S. a$$ in Africa. In fact, it is one country reaping the most out of trade with Africa compared to other nations.
Peter Navarro, the leader of Trump’s National Trade Council, gives his own answer in his book titled, ‘Death by China.’ Navarro writes, “[China’s] million-man army is moving relentlessly across Africa… locking down strategic natural resources, locking up emerging markets, and locking out the United States.”
Navarro concludes that China has an elaborate plan with Africa that will boost factories back in China and seriously undermine the United States manufacturing power.
China’s activities in Africa do not immediately affect the U.S. However, in the long run, it does put China at a strategic advantage over other nations.