BBC quotes Africa Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby on the similarities and differences between the United States’ and China’s relationship with Africa:

Both presidents used the word “partners” but there is still a difference. Africa analyst Aubrey Hruby says that China is able to emphasise the shared development experience with Africa, whereas the US has had to work harder at making the equal partnership a reality.


President Obama’s trip to Africa this year was timed to coincide with the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya. Ms Hruby says he came with a message of private business development and brought potential investors with him, whereas President Xi emphasised big infrastructure development.

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