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Clinton visit won't affect China-Africa relations: expert

By Thuso Khumalo (Xinhua)

08:01, August 07, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Africa tour will not affect China-Africa relations, a South African expert told Xinhua.

Clinton's visit to South Africa is part of an 11-day African tour covering Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa,according to a statement by the U.S. State Department.

The United States seeks to reaffirm strategies of its Africa policy during the visit, South African political and international relations expert Professor Sabelo Ndlovu Gatsheni said Sunday.

South Africa, like other African countries, would like to get the best out of its relations with both the United States and China, Gatsheni said.

"If there is aid coming from the East, they can't reject it because Africa is trying to maximize whatever the continent can get from whatever direction," said Gatsheni, who is also a lecturer at the University of South Africa.

However, China has better chance in Africa than the United States, said Gatsheni.

"The advantage of China is that its aid to Africa has no strings attached and most African countries tend to prefer Chinese aid because it does not come with conditions on human rights, democracy as well attempting to influence the culture of the country like the West," he said.

China is an industrializing country and a fast emerging global power that needs raw materials from Africa, but it is also investing in infrastructural development in Africa to benefit Africans, he said.

Gatsheni believes that Washington has a clear intention to counter China's influence on the African continent.
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