What planet are you on? The USA has been involved with the African continent from our beginnings. On a commercial (slavery) level, then a humanitarian level.
Politically? Not for a long time. But “left alone”? Hardly.
What’s the “guise” from China? Working to upgrade the economies of key African nations benefits those nations and China alike. New silk road, improved trading rights and partners. improve export capabilities of those nations, improving life, helping reduce poverty from a commercial angle by providing jobs for millions of African youth…
and on the humanitarian front, the World Bank continues its social programs and improvements.
What’s the US doing?
I still have hope that we’ll be ok. But the reality we’ll have to contend with is probably much what the England had to go through as it lost territories and colonies: a humbling.
No. It’s taking advantage of neoliberal policies but without all the strings attached by Washington neoliberals.
They’re NOT establishing a military there.
They’re NOT demanding their own hand-picked leaders.
It’s plain old infrastructure development, free and clear.. Create the networks, open the flow.
For example, they’re not taking over the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa’s North South Corridor.
(Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is a free trade area with nineteen member states stretching from Libya to Swaziland)
What YOU’RE talking about is FDI, which is Washington neoliberalism.