The West has never hidden their displeasure regarding the relationship with between Africa and China.
There is no doubt that one way or the other, China has been able to convince African leaders that the Asian giants mean well for the African continent, and in them, Africa has a more reliable giant than America and Europe put together.
You will recall that in March this year, the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson openly 'warned' African countries against accepting loans and foreign aid from China.
According to him, in dealing with China, African nations should be 'careful' not to 'forfeit their sovereignty.' This is funny, coming from America, isn't it?
While speaking at a press conference in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in March, Tillerson said:
"We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese dollars from Africa.
"It is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those agreements (with China) and not forfeit their sovereignty."
In a swift response, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in displacing the comments said:
"The United States is detached from reality.
"Africa's concerns are China's concerns. Africa's priorities are China's priorities."
This is not the first time China and Africa have attacked each other over relationships with Africa, and it certainly won't be the last.
One can understand the jealousy the West feels to see China come from 'nowhere' to take over Africa, but in all fairness, China didn't take Africa by force.
Yes, there were shrew dealings here and there but at all times, Africa had the opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no'.
Our dealings with China is entirely our decision; but this can not be said of the way Europe and the United Kingdom invaded Africa.
Basically, all China has done is to give Africa a bigger offer!
China is willing to give Africa over $1 trillion for infrastructure alone and the United States is battling with a decision to commit $60 billion. The U.S. made the decision very easy for Africa leaders to make.
The African leaders must have thought to themselves, 'if we are going to sell our conscience, let's sell it for the right price!'
No matter how Western Media drafts the story line, no one is going to forgo $1 trillion for $60 billion, that isn't how the World works!
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