Pressure from Western nations to find a resolution to the post-election violence in Kenya will not have much of an effect, according to experts examining the current bloodletting in the African country. Threat of sanctions and aid suspensions from Western nations were tagged as largely “symbolic,” as a resource-hungry China is more than ready to fill in the gaps. “Their leverage is restricted. Policy makers are not going to just pull the plug when the Chinese are playing a bigger role and can provide an alternative source of investment and political support,” said Ian Taylor, a professor of international relations at Britain’s St. Andrews University. The post-election turmoil in Kenya has claimed over 600 lives and diminished the country’s image as a stable country in a tumultuous region.
Source: Analysis - Donors have few options to tackle Kenya crisis (Reuters)