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Vol 5 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2011


National interests and hard cash

The United States Senate is again raising the alarm about Washington losing out to Beijing in Africa. On 1 November, the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs, chaired by Senator Christopher Coons (Democrat, Delaware), heard testimony from China-Africa scholar Deborah Brautigam, former Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso David Shinn and the Corporate Council on Africa’s President Stephen Hayes. There was less anger, however, than at a 2008 hearing in which Senator Johnny Isakson (Republican, Georgia) criticised China for contributing to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and undermining the development of democratic values and transparent governance.

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