Through The Static

March 23, 2008

India woos Africa for resources, influence

Filed under: World News — disciplepete @ 11:54 am

I’m really into geopolitics, so articles like this get me excited in special places. Yahoo! News:

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India is wooing oil andmineral-rich Africa, seeking to match the clout enjoyed by China, as it seeks to fuel its energy-hungry economy and boost its global profile, analysts say…

…A senior Indian foreign ministry official said “Africa’s importance for India is manifold.”

“Africa is the largest bloc (of countries) in the United Nations and support from this bloc is important if India wants a seat on the United Nations Security Council, for example,” said the official who asked not to be named.

“Also, with studies saying that existing natural resources will not be enough to fulfill the appetite of the planet, India needs Africa’s resources,” said the official. (article)

There’s several things going on. One, we have India trying to get its hands deeper in Africa, a resource-rich continent. India and China are projected to become superpowers this century, so it’s interesting to watch them jockey for position in Africa.

 The U.S. is another factor in this. You know they hate competition when it comes to running the world. You can be sure they keep close tabs on these kind of deals.

Native Africans also are important to watch here. Many have looked at the Chinese and others making deals in Africa as colonialists, being not much different in effect than Europe was in the not so distant past.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over time.

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