Because what Africa needs is more Chinese. And it’s going to get it, because Beijing has figured out that while the US is busy doing all the counter-terror things, China can clean up in the economic department. Which they’ve done quite handily.
Worth reading the piece since it runs counter to the Cold War Redux narrative of most US defense wonks, that China’s just using the continent to further its own military aims.
Which isn’t wrong, but where the article gets derailed is in singing the praises of all things Beijing in Africa. Because while a lot of nations have been happy to take their money, the end result’s been problematic at best.
The Chinese take a long view on a level the West can never understand, but they can be terribly myopic in terms of building for the long term. That means once they’ve got what they want from a particular country, that’s it. And then they’ll move on.
What China does better than the Americans is soft power. Because while the US struggles to feed the hungry, the Chinese are busy building those same hungry people a railway. Which they do in conjunction with local business actors, and the result? Profit.
And in the end, if China wants to beat the US at anything, itt’s having more money than the Americans. Africa’s one way they’re making that possible. And any country you do business with will probably be cool with whatever your military may want to do in the future.