Now, two months later, there’s been no follow-up from the White House, leaving a lot of people to wonder what’s going on and if the policy, known as “Prosper Africa,” has somehow gotten lost amid the chaos that has subsumed the Trump administration.
The silence since the Bolton speech no doubt provides some reassurance to officials in Beijing even if the U.S. wanted to really challenge the Chinese presence in Africa, they just don’t seem to be up to the task. “So how concerned should China be about this new US policy towards Africa? Not very,” write professors Joshua Eisenman and Ambassador David Shinn in a column published in the South China Morning Post (SCMP). “Bolton’s statement is heavy on rhetoric, but the strategy is stillborn because the administration is not allocating the resources or manpower required for it to succeed,” they add.