How Africa became collateral damage in US-China trade war

How Africa became collateral damage in US-China trade war

As the trade war between the US and China rumbles on, some African countries are becoming collateral damage in the dispute.

President Donald Trump’s administration wants to close the $400 billion (Dh1.46 trillion) trade gap with China, and placed tariffs of 10 to 25 per cent on about $250bn worth of Chinese goods. Although Africa is not targeted in the dispute, many of the 54 countries on the continent depend on commodity exports, especially to China.

“It’s the old adage – when elephants fight, the grass suffers,” says Eric Olander, Beijing-based managing editor of the China Africa Project. “It’s interesting to see how many of Africa’s most resource-rich countries now depend on China for a sizable, if not an outright majority of their exports.”