Escaping China’s Shadow

Finding America’s Competitive Edge in Africa

SOURCE: Atlantic Council Africa Center

Over the past decade, Africa has been cast as a new battleground for influence between the United States and China.

China’s economy has experienced meteoric growth since the 1980s, and China has looked to Africa’s natural resources to help fuel this rise. In the process, China has rapidly increased its trade and commercial relationships with African nations.

Chinese business people and migrants have swept across the continent as part of China’s broader “going out” strategy and its new Belt and Road Initiative.