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U.S.-Africa Summit Showcases New Biden Strategy, Amid Republican Complaints

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris opened the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit yesterday with an optimistic message focusing on Africa’s youth. President Joe Biden is scheduled to join the summit today, and his administration has leaned into new cooperation initiatives. These include an additional $100 million to expand the Obama-era Youth African Leaders ...

Chinese Press: The U.S.-Africa Summit is All About China

The Chinese press and think tank coverage of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit is echoing the geopolitics-focused response from the Foreign Ministry. China’s state-owned nationalist tabloid Global Times set the tone by arguing that the summit is a continuation of Trump-era “America First’ approach, saying that “whether the ...

Global Coverage Zeroes In On Weak U.S.-Africa Engagement

Global coverage of the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit pointed out how little energy has been invested in the relationship in contrast to China's ongoing diplomatic outreach. Kate Fisher, a correspondent for Singapore's Channel New Asia, summed it up: “President Biden is yet ...

U.S. Playing “Catch Up” to China in Africa, Says Senior Commerce Department Official

U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves said the quiet part out loud on Monday at the Semafor Africa Summit in Washington, D.C., when he acknowledged that American stakeholders had fallen far behind China in terms of economic engagement in Africa. Graves, ...

Media Frustrates White House Efforts to Avoid Making This Week’s Africa Summit About China

Senior African policy officials in the White House and State Department have been adamant that this week's African leaders summit is about Africa... not China. But the international news media doesn't appear to see it that way -- framing the story as the latest installment of the ...

Washington and Beijing have Very Different Takes On Next Week’s U.S.-Africa Summit

Preparations are ramping up for next week’s U.S.-Africa leaders’ summit. 13-15 December will see leaders from 49 countries, as well as numerous businesspeople, civil society envoys, and journalists descending on Washington DC to attend the first such event since the Obama era.

What the U.S. Doesn’t Seem to Understand About Africa’s Ties With China

The following is a transcript of a seven-part Twitter thread written by World Politics Review Associate Editor Chris Olaoluwa Ògúnmọ́dẹdé on what he believes the U.S. doesn't understand about why African governments choose to engage with China. ...

How is the New U.S. Strategy for Africa Seen in China?

Chinese scholars and policy analysts have been poring over the recently released U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa to gauge its implications for China and its engagement on the continent. In contrast to the Trump administration's Prosper Africa initiative that openly framed ...

Africa Should Be Cautiously Optimistic About New U.S. Africa Strategy: Analyst

Global reaction to the United States’s new Africa strategy, unveiled by Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his recent African visit, has largely split along North-South lines. While accounts in the U.S. press framed the policy as a response to China and Russia’s ...

Long Read: Is Great Power Competition in Africa a Problem? Not Necessarily

As geopolitics become more polarized, the idea that both the U.S. and China have something to offer Africa has fallen out of vogue in both Washington and Beijing.  However, the prominent Africa-China researcher Howard French recently revived it in a 
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