China Defends Interest in Africa, Says U.S. ‘Wants World for Itself’
Following renewed bickering between the United States and China over investment in Africa, China has defended its expanding role in Africa, describing its plans for Africa as “fairly simple and transparent,”.
The US had accused China of exploiting Africa, warning Africa countries to ‘beware of Chinese loans’. Immediate past US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson in his recent visit to Africa said the US meant better for Africa than China.
Lawmakers in Washington announced they would open an investigation into Beijing’s push for economic and military influence in a number of countries there.
Newsweek reported House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a GOP representative from California, said on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo that China was “a big problem” and that he and fellow Republican lawmakers were “running an investigation on many aspects of China,” including allegations of intellectual property theft, currency manipulation and its “military footprint” in Africa.
The following day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied charges of malpractice and called for cooperation rather than competition with the U.S.
“There is a Chinese saying which goes ‘one’s mentality will determine how he perceives the world.’ There is also another proverb that [goes] ‘if one suspects his neighbor of stealing his ax, all the behaviors of that innocent neighbor appear suspicious to him,’ which refers to someone that harbors groundless suspicions in disregard of facts,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
“We hope that relevant people in the United States can be more open-minded, and aboveboard and refrain from viewing normal cooperation with tinted glasses or interpreting other countries’ goodwill to pursue win-win outcomes with a hegemonic mindset,” she added.