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Western elites can't decide if they should sanction or seduce Africa in their attempts to counter Russia and China

Added 07-02-22 06:37:04am EST - “The US and its allies are scrambling to push Russia and China out of Africa, using both threats of sanctions and promises of investment” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Western elites can’t decide if they should sanction or seduce Africa in their attempts to counter Russia and China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist, and host of independently produced talk-shows in French and English.

Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist, and host of independently produced talk-shows in French and English.

In trying to find ways to effectively counter Russia and China’s partnerships in Africa, Washington – and its Western followers – is not content to just go for the honey or the vinegar – so officials are resorting to both at the same time.

Typically, the Western modus operandi has been to establish a footprint in the target foreign country through military intervention under a security pretext with the hope of eventually pivoting to an economic one. Recent history suggests that elites haven’t quite been able to make the transition before their plans go pear-shaped. Unable to get their hands on the prize – typically, the country’s natural resources – they eventually either get kicked out (as was the case with France in Mali), or end up cutting their losses (like the US did in Afghanistan). 

Russia and China have been able to effectively exploit the void created by misguided Western foreign military adventures. In the case of Mali, Russia offered the transitional government military helicopters, radars, and weapons, in addition to “soldiers and trainers” reportedly operating in the African country (according to reports, these are from the Wagner private security company, but officials have distanced themselves from the group). Moscow is now parlaying that foothold into expanded cooperation.

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