Blinken Unveils Strategy for Africa: Flatters Ruling Elite, Ignores China Threat

Posted on AllSides August 8th, 2022
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a speech Monday at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in which he purported to outline the Biden administration’s new strategy toward Africa — though he simply recycled old platitudes.

Blinken began with a series of well-worn clichés about South Africa’s transition to apartheid — nearly 30 years ago — and completely ignored the country’s current challenges: crime, corruption, chronic electricity shortages, and economic stagnation.

The Secretary of State then outlined four priorities in America’s relationship with the African continent: “openness,” “the promise...

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