China a Japan compete for influence in Africa
Japan and China's increasingly toxic relations in Asia are now spilling over to Africa where leaders from the rival countries are battling one another for influence on the continent. Although China has been much more active in Africa over the past decade, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made it clear on his visit earlier this year that Tokyo will now be there to rival China in terms of money, ideology and development assistance. So after years of neglect by the world's major powers, Africa has now has the firm attention of the world's 2nd and 3rd largest economies. The more important question is how will African leaders respond?