The US wants to expand cooperation with countries in sub-Saharan Africa and reduce the influence of China and Russia in the region. “A new U.S. strategy for sub-Saharan Africa will redefine Africa’s importance to U.S. national security interests,” the White House said. Washington wants, among other things, to promote open societies to counter “harmful actions by China, Russia and other actors.”
“We will help Africa achieve democratic and security political interests.” To that end, the United States wants to work with allies and regional partners to “stop the recent wave of authoritarianism and military acquisitions.” Another focus is the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic and social consequences. “These challenges are compounded by supply chain issues and food insecurity resulting from the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine,” it said.
The new strategy also envisages increasing US support for the impact of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. “While this region has very low per capita emissions, it will experience some of the harshest impacts of climate change. We support conservation, climate adaptation and a just energy transition.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited the region in South Africa on Sunday. President Joe Biden has announced that he will invite African leaders and heads of government to a summit in Washington on December 13-15. Since taking office a year and a half ago, Biden has been trying to renew old alliances and forge new ones. He wants to counter the influence of China and Russia.
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