India, China Vying For Influence In Africa

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Sudha Ramachandran, writing in the July 13, 2007, edition of Asia Times Online, reports that,  "China has outpaced India in the race for influence in Africa, but India has signaled that it is not about to give up the fight. See "India pushes people power in Africa.

Ramachandran said, "During his recent visit to Ethiopia, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an e-network initiative that will enable Delhi to reach out to people in Africa's 53 countries."

"The pan-African e-network will allow schools and hospitals across Africa to link up with top institutions in India,"Ramachandran noted, adding: "The initiative will bring Indian expertise in health care and education to the African people at low cost."

According to Ramachandran, Indian diplomats will hope the initiative will earn the Indian public and government goodwill and influence in Africa."

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