China Takes the Lead in Africa

Between Russia and China, the communists have taken over the world.
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Sometimes big geopolitical news gets tucked away in a mere clause. We can see this phenomenon in, for example, a recent AFP story on the Nigerian terror-kidnaping: “World powers, including the United States and China, have joined in the search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists.”

It’s not really news that the US is involved in the search for those unfortunate girls. (It’s also not news that the Obama administration dithered for years in declaring Boko Haram to be a terrorist group, nor is it news that the most significant American action to date has been Michelle Obama’s holding up a sign declaring “#BringBackOurGirls.”)

No, the big news is that China is involved at all. As the AFP story noted, “China promised to supply ‘any useful information acquired by its satellites and intelligence services.’” Such a commitment might not seem like that big a deal, but, actually, it is.

In publicly committing to help the Nigerian government against the terrorists, China is choosing up sides – not only in a civil war within Nigeria, but also in the larger war against transnational Muslim terror. Yes, Boko Haram is one of the many terrorist groups that depend on financing from Al Qaida sympathizers in the Middle East. (Yes, we’re looking at you, Saudi Arabia! and Pakistan!)



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