Washington’s protectionist industrial policy is fracturing trade and investment flows based on geopolitical considerations.
China’s President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin cement bonds at the Kremlin in March.
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The US’s negative attitude towards BRICS reflects its own weakening global power, especially its inability to isolate Russia in Europe and to contain China’s growing influence.
At the 2022 US/Africa summit US President Joe Biden will be building on the 2014 gathering convened by Barack Obama.
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Judging by the first summit in 2014, this one can also be expected to produce some concrete outcomes.
US state secretary Antony Blinken seeks closer ties with Africa.
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Washington must overcome growing anti-west sentiment on the continent given the development alternative that China offers.
President Joe Biden speaks as Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on.
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America is seeking to reconnect with Africa through climate-smart solutions, health and digital technology.
Workers packaging honey for sale in Mekele, Ethiopia.
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Countries like Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea find it difficult to access the US market.
Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters after addressing a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020.
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A Biden presidency would be highly likely to adopt policies that would restore the cooperative links that prevailed under Obama.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The US Secretary of State’s mission to Africa will produce few benefits for the continent or for US-Africa relations.
Anglophone Cameroonians want to secede from the Francophone part of the country.
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Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis that’s pitted its English speaking citizens against the central government could result in the country being denied preferential trade agreements with the US.
Presidents of Kenya, Guinea, US and Nigeria’s Vice President at the G7 Summit.
Under the Trump administration Africa is only likely to matter in the fight against terrorism and in providing American companies with economic opportunities.
Security officials remove members of the Economic Freedom Fighters during South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.
The ANC should draw the lesson that South Africans are unlikely to tolerate the ongoing descent of their politics into the gutter without strident resistance - in the streets, if necessary.
Donald Trump brings aggression into the US Presidency that threatens world stability.
One of the messages coming out of Donald Trump’s victory is that his supporters are rejecting the tolerance and cosmopolitanism of the past 30 years.
US President elect Donald Trump greets supporters on election night in New York.
The world’s best known talk show host has become the president-elect of the most powerful country in the world. Trump running the US is unlikely to be good news for Africa.
Donald Trump’s election is bad news for the African continent.
A key strategy for President-elect Trump is to turn the US inward, both economically and politically. This bodes badly for Africa.
South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a European Union-South Africa summit in 2012.
It’s unclear what South Africa’s attitude will be to negotiating new deals with the UK and the EU. In the past seven years it has lost its appetite for trade deals, particularly with the developed world.
The dispute between South Africa and the US over poultry products could harm relations between the two countries.
South Africa’s agricultural sector has benefited handsomely from the US’s preferential trade agreements. It is important that the current dispute is resolved speedily.