China is at work in Africa with a dangerous strategy. US must act now to counter it

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Secretary of State Blinken’s recent trip to Africa — ostensibly to counter China’s influence and promote free trade — gave the distinct impression of the barn door closing. Mind you, not only after the horse has bolted, but has run into your neighbor’s pasture, and set up a good business, collecting stud fees.  

Sadly, this belated Blinken effort represents more an admission of failure than a promise of success.

But before Biden-bashers bemoan yet another policy failing, it should be noted that neither party has presented a coherent vision for Africa and its 1.2 billion people.

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For almost a generation, Beijing has had a clear-eyed view of Africa. It sees Africa as a vast storehouse of raw materials. Materials required to feed an insatiable Chinese economy.  A mercantilist economy driven by state-to-state transactions. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards his plane ahead of a trip to Cambodia, Philippians, South Africa, Congo, and Rwanda at Andrews Air Force Base, U.S., August 2, 2022.  (Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters)

I have seen the results firsthand. I have lived and traveled across Africa during the

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