The United States plans to host a conference for African Nations (Those who are in our good graces) in August. Leaders from 47 African nations have been invited by President Obama to the US-Africa summit. The conference is intended to strengthen relations between the US and African counterparts and encourage mutually beneficial economic behavior on both sides, such as “wider US trade, development, and security ties.” It is no secret that this plan is in response to advances China has made within the continent of Africa, but President Obama discredited any consideration of a Cold-War type situation while speaking to reporters in Africa: “This is not a zero-sum game. This is not the cold war. You’ve got one global market, and if countries that are now entering into middle-income status see Africa as a big opportunity for them, that can potentially help Africa.”
President Obama also emphasized his desire for stronger countries to avoid entering the African market solely to snatch away natural resources (like “resource-hungry” China). However, he did encourage nations to enter the market with the motive of mutually beneficial trade. It will be interesting to see how this competition over influence plays out in the years to come. Is America losing status? Only time will tell.