When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the White House’s new strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, he referenced Afrobarometer polling data to validate Washington’s renewed emphasis on democracy promotion. The following day, in criticizing the new U.S. policy towards Africa, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin also used Afrobarometer data to make the case for Beijing’s engagement strategy on the continent.
What’s interesting is that they’re both right. The Afrobarometer polling data undermines the simple narratives that too often frame the discourse about how Africans view their ties with these two powers.
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