oa Africa Insight - The U.S.A., Soviet Union and Communist China in Africa

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Economic, social, political, military and technological developments in recent years have resulted in tangible changes in Western and Communist bloc attitudes towards Africa. Western, especially American, interest in Africa is declining rapidly** while the Soviet Union and Communist China - after initial failures and set-backs in the early 1960s - are adopting a new strategy, which in many ways is more flexible, in seeking influence in Africa. While the West is drastically curtailing economic, technical and military aid to Africa (the continent's share of total world aid declined from 33,2 per cent in 1965 to 21,1 per cent in 1967) and has already relinquished important military bases in Africa and the oceans around Africa, the Soviet Union has taken over the facilities at many of these bases and has obtained much influence in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean while Communist China is the only major power which has effected a substantial increase in its aid to Africa since 1965.

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