Africa to benefit from easing U.S.-China trade tensions : Analysts
NAIROBI, July 7, 2019 (BSS/Xinhua) – The latest bid by China and the United
States to resolve their trade issue signals better times for global trade,
from which Africa is set to benefit immensely, analysts have recently told
Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on June
29 to restart economic and trade consultations between their countries on the
basis of equality and mutual respect. This marked an important consensus
after Washington’s protectionist measures and repeated backtracking had
triggered a new flare-up of trade tensions between the world’s two largest
Cavince Adhere, a Nairobi-based scholar on China-Africa relations, said the
move was a welcome relief to the global economy.
“The trade dispute had put a strain on the global economy for far too long.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is among institutions that recently said
the global economy would in 2019 and 2020 continue to face headwinds due to
the trade spat,” said Adhere, adding that the truce was therefore greatly
Eric Mang’unyi, a researcher at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa,
said the announcement demonstrated progress and commitment after months of
The analysts observed that the U.S.-initiated trade dispute has had a
negative impact on global trade and the economy.
“There have been shockwaves in global trade,” said Mang’unyi, noting that
the United States has also locked horns with other trading partners.
In the past months, global institutions like the International Monetary
Fund and the World Bank have lowered growth projections for the African
continent citing the prolonged U.S.-China trade war, and it is not in the
interest of anyone if this dispute continues, the researcher said.
“Protectionism does not foster competition. It leads to market instability.
Some nations may lose their competitive advantage due to the dispute,” said
Adhere said Africa as a continent and its individual countries are set to
benefit from the truce in many aspects, including experiencing a rise in
“Africa relies heavily on capital inflow, trade and investment. This cannot
come if the two countries are in a tussle,” said Adhere.
He said that the truce provides a boost to Africa as the continent prepares
to set up a free trade area, which is expected to increase trade and
Philip Etyang, a Kenyan commentator, said that the move to end the impasse
is a good thing for Kenya because “global trade is inter-related.”
If things are not working between the economic giants, Kenya will feel the
pinch, Etyang added.