In 2009, China overtook the U.S. as the African continent’s largest trading partner, destroying the West’s monopoly over export markets and investment finance. China’s $208 billion in trade with the African continent in 2019 dwarfed the United States’ $39 billion in 2017. The response from the West to this development has been a military one.
The U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, puts most African states under the effective military control of the United States. The Indo-Pacific Command is the counterpart to AFRICOM in the Asia Pacific and is being used to direct military aggression towards China.
Join BAP’s US Out of Africa Network for this virtual symposium about the connection between the expansion of AFRICOM and the growing U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific and the work to shut down AFRICOM, and defund, and abolish US militarism world-wide.
Aziz Fall, Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA)
Bahman Azad, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Danny Haiphong, No Cold War (China)
Affiong L. Affiong, Moyo Pan-Afrikan Solidarity Centre
MODERATOR: Margaret Kimberley, BAP Coordinating Committee