US Africa strategy stresses China, Russia threats
Published: 08 Aug 22
The United States released a new strategy document for sub-Saharan Africa on Monday, stressing the region's importance, the threats posed by China and Russia, and vowing to extend defense cooperation with like-minded African countries. "The United States has an abiding interest in ensuring the region remains open and accessible to all, and that governments and publics are able to make their own political choices, consistent with international obligations," the White House document said. It expands on a November speech by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken first laying out the Biden administration's approach to Africa. Its release comes as Blinken is in South Africa and visiting two more African countries this week. In November, Blinken said Washington would have to do things differently to help Africa with its infrastructure needs and it was time to stop treating the continent as a subject of geopolitics and rather as a major player on its own.