Africa remains CCP’s testing ground to expand political reach, expert says
Update: Jul 18, 2021 8:07 PM STI
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 18 (ANI): As Beijing continues to expand its global influence, China-Africa relations remain a model where Africa has become a prime testing ground for expanding the political reach of the Communist Party of China (CCP) .
Since the CCP came to power in 1949, it has intensified its relations with African countries. By providing ideological and military training, the CCP has supported the liberation movements. He also donated supplies to support guerrilla tactics.
Fabien Baussart, president of the Center for Political and Foreign Affairs, in his article for The Times of Israel argued that “in the post-independence period of Africa”, the CCP engaged with the ruling parties in Africa to strengthen China’s comprehensive presence on the continent both politically and economically.
“Party-to-party exchanges, training programs and seminars between the CPC and other African political elites and senior officials have become the essential means of exporting the authoritarian governance model of the CPC,” Baussart said while adding that these training exercises aim to gain acceptance of CPC values among new African leaders.
Through these programs, Beijing is developing a network with its African counterparts for diplomatic manageability and effective support in multilateral forums. According to Baussart, this has become a strategic tool for Beijing to exert influence in these countries and to align their political decisions with Beijing’s priorities.
“The CCP is thus progressively advancing towards the ruling African parties by regularly organizing such seminars. There are many examples of how ruling parties in African countries such as Ethiopia, Congo and Zimbabwe have been influenced by the political party training programs conducted. by CPC ”, he added.
In an effort to broaden its reach, the PCC has also funded political schools in African countries in which they offer political training academies to local leaders. In addition to spreading political content, these commitments have strengthened China’s foreign policy interests.
Despite evidence to the contrary, China maintains that these training programs are only an “exchange of ideas”. However, experts believe that these training programs will have a profound “psychological and political impact on the choices and preferences of African political parties”. (ANI)