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US Revamps Africa Strategy as It Sounds Alarm on China, Russia

  • Africa needs to play bigger global role, new US strategy says
  • Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 1.2% of US’s two-way trade.
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The US unveiled a new strategy to forge closer relations with sub-Saharan Africa, while contending that China and Russia were motivated by narrow self-interests in their attempts to strengthen ties with the region. 

With one of the world’s fastest-growing populations, largest free-trade areas by geographical area and most diverse set of ecosystems, Africa has a critical role to play in addressing the world’s defining challenges, the White House said in a document released Monday to coincide with Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to South Africa. Those include ending the coronavirus pandemic, tackling climate change, global food insecurity and terrorism and reversing setbacks to democracy.