Africa: The new frontier for India vs China power-play

Putting it in context, May/June 2016, 2016
by Manoj Ladwa
India Inc. CEO lays out the sharp contrast between India's benign partnership and China’s projection of hard power in Africa and how it could become the template for Indian strategic-economic-political outreach programmes elsewhere.

Looking at India’s efforts at making inroads into Africa, I’m reminded of an old proverb, probably of Chinese origin, which says: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Fortunately for India, that step has been widely welcomed in Africa, which views India as a benign partner that is helping countries in that continent meet and overcome challenges relating to healthcare, availability of cheap live-saving drugs, education and digital penetration, among several other initiatives that leverage, harness and project India’s soft power. Then, African nations are major partners in the International Solar Alliance, which...