AFRICA: THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA COURT THE CONTINENT by ProQuest

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The US and China are the two most important bilateral, external actors in Africa today. While the US wields more influence in most of Africa's fifty-three countries, China has surpassed it in a number of states and is challenging it in others. Both countries look to Africa as an increasingly significant source of raw materials, especially oil. The recent economic downturn poses new challenges for the interaction of both the US and China with African countries. While all three parties will suffer to some extent, China is better situated over the short-term to weather the storm. The new Obama administration will inevitably make some changes in the US approach toward Africa and may reassess the way the US interacts with China on the continent. The US is as interested as China in obtaining political and economic support of African countries in international forums.

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