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Chinese state media snipe at Obama's Africa trip

27 July 2015, 18:52

Beijing- China's state media are pouring cold water on President Barack Obama's visit to Africa, saying U.S. attention to the continent is largely due to concern over China's booming influence there.

The Global Times newspaper said Monday that offsetting China's growing influence and recovering past U.S. clout were major factors in Obama's visit.

It said the U.S. lacks a consistent Africa policy, but that China has steady and even-handed interactions with the continent. It also said Obama gave a cold shoulder to the continent during his first term, and that the U.S. considers China a rival for influence in Africa.

The official Xinhua News Agency took a similar tone, criticizing what it described as ineffective U.S. aid programs for Africa while touting China's own projects.

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