Members of the Cameroonian police patrol in the Omar Bongo Square of the majority English-speaking South West province capital Buea, on October 3, 2018 during a political rally of the ruling CPDM, Cameroon Pepole's Democratic Movement of incumbent Cameroonian President Paul Biya. MARCO LONGARI / AFP
At first glance, it would seem that the Trump administration’s decision to revoke Cameroon’s free-trade privileges would be counterproductive at this time when the U.S. is battling hard against the Chinese for influence in Africa. After all, Washington sanctioning Youndé on human rights plays right into the hands of the Chinese who say this is exactly the kind of thing they would never do.
But it’s not that simple.
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