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Sochi Summit: Russia’s new imperialist designs in Africa?

South China Morning Post | Russia is taking advantage of new forms of imperialism targeting Africa to extend its influence in the continent, Cameroonian journalist and human rights activist Venant Mboua asserts.

By Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola

As the first Russia-Africa summit opened in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday, Mboa a Canada-based exile believes that amateurism by France for at least a decade has opened the way for expansionism by other world powers, including China, Israel and even Morocco.

He says even Rwanda has joined the hunting party underlined by its leader, Paul Kagame signing cooperation agreements with the Central African Republic.

Regarding the latter country, taken as a typical example, Mr. Mboa, who also makes regular visits to that country says Moscow has in no way chosen Bangui as its gateway to Africa.

“It is the Central African Republic that has gone to Russia, a real construction site where everything is to be built and where it is easier to occupy spaces than in Cameroon or Gabon,” he tells APA.

According to the analyst, France, because of poor management of the crises in Central Africa region since 1996, has lost the confidence of the populations and even the political class in those countries who are now seeking new allies.

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  1. I often laugh at some African clowns in the diaspora who claim to be expert’s in everything, except connecting simple water in thier villages.all of them without exception are salaried workers depending on aryans to exist.even worst they are heavily indepted for 30 years above because of dilapidated houses taken on credit. They lack elimentary intelligence to understand that, it is more reasonable to economise for five years while paying rents and use the money saved to do productive investment which is what will give them freedom and wealth to pass onto posterity. CHINA IS EXPLOITING AFRICA, RUSSIA IS THAT, this countries know where thier interest is and persue it while the dream of most diasporans is to be installed as president in thier country by American mercantilist. NGEH REH BONG

  2. I wonder when Africa or an African leader will organize a summit for Africa – Europe / Africa – America / Africa – China or Africa – Russia ? Last time I checked, I actually understood that every other countries survival is in our hands. They all need Africa. Planes will not fly with resources from us, there shall be no electronics without resources from us, there shall be no medication without resources from us, no medicine without us, … the list goes on. That’s why they are coming. I suggest we stop running our mouths, killing each other, bragging how educated we are ( remember you diploma is just a piece of paper, invalid if not used properly and does not portray intelligence ) , let’s put our heads together , head home and make use of what nature has given us. we can make it.

  3. if this can Help African nations to Force then French out of Africa it will be very Good …. France owe 14 African nations over 600 trillion Dollars …

  4. Baduma Muanegole

    Why are there no Nigeria Europe summit?.Or Kenya Asia summit?Or Gabon Middl East summit?Why do African leaders always like to be treated like babies and ,or like beggars?

    • I read some of your comments here, especially those saying Russia is playing his imperialist role, that China is exploiting and so on..this actually makes me sick..remember to always go back to history for your lessons.. When did Russia colonize us, during the fight for independence which nations was open aid and support giving…I can give a list of those panafrican and independentist who had Russia as their support at moments when even their African brother abandoned them…so today a pragmatic leader like Putin realizes the future of his nation will depend on Africa-russia relationship, decides humbly to invite his colleagues for such an important summit and you slave African boy say he is treating you like a slave?!…I am Cameroonian and do not understand how we didn’t take at Sochi.

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  6. A case of the pot calling the kettle black! Whoa, the Chinese are worried about Russian intrusion of their gold mine. First thing Russia is doing is sell lrc arms, no development of schools, roads hospitals, etc. Sad

    • FAI FONSO,,, IF I ASK YOU, YOU WILL TELL ME YOU HOLD A GEGREE IN BILIBLIBLI. LOOK AT WHAT YOU WROTE ABOVE? LIKE A SLAVE IN CHAINS IS IT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RUSSIA TO BUILD ROADS AND SCHOOLS FOR US? DON’T YOU KNOW GROWING SOYA BEABS AND SELLING TO CHINA WILL GIVE US MONEY TO DO THAT?

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