Richard Armitage was the 13th United States Deputy Secretary of State, serving from 2001 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and then after the fall of Saigon moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant for the United States Department of Defense, which sent him to Tehran and Bangkok.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Armitage worked as an aide and foreign policy advisor to politicians including Senator Bob Dole and President-elect Ronald Reagan. When Reagan was elected, Armitage was appointed to the Department of Defense. In the 1990s, Armitage worked in the private sector before being confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State with the election of George W. Bush in 2001. He left the post in 2005.
Armitage was educated at the United States Naval Academy. He is an avid bodybuilder, and speaks many languages, including Vietnamese.
Question: Is China getting to Africa before the U.S.?
Armitage: It’s a mixed bag. As I read it now, some of the African states are a little leery of sort of the ___________ of the Chinese. I think they’d be somewhat more conscious and comfortable with us. And I know a lot of our investment capital and our venture capital from the United States is going into Africa now – telecom and things of that nature – because the markets are growing rapidly.