Associated Press via Huff Post World Post
BEIJING (AP) — China’s state media are pouring cold water on President Barack Obama’s visit to Africa, saying U.S. attention to the continent is largely due to concern over China’s booming influence there.
The Global Times newspaper said Monday that “offsetting China’s growing influence in this continent and recovering past U.S. leverage” were major factors in Obama’s visit.
Obama huddled with Ethiopia’s leaders Monday for talks on counterterrorism, human rights and regional security issues, including the crisis in neighboring South Sudan.
China’s economic ties with Africa have soared in recent years, with two-way trade in 2013 – the last year for which figures were available – hitting a record $200 billion, mainly in Chinese imports of African oil, copper and other raw materials.