International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

China and the United States of America in Africa: A New Scramble or a New Cold War?
David Makwerere, Ronald Chipaike

The African continent is beset by a new wave of resource exploitation which has been rightly termed the new scramble for Africa’s resources. This new scramble is accompanied by another phenomenon in the mould of a cold war between China and the USA. This is a war of influence between the two countries to gain access to strategic resources in the African continent. This paper focuses on the strategies used by China and the USA in their efforts to exploit African mineral resources and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of these strategies. The paper also focuses on the impact of the new scramble on the African continent and discusses possible ways which African countries can use to benefit from the unfolding process.

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