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August 19, 2022 22 min

The Biden administration just launched the new U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, which is heavily focused on geopolitical competition with Russia & China and less on engagement with African aspirations and interests.


In contrast, China has just announced that it is removing almost all trade tariffs on exports from 16 of the world’s least developed countries, many of which are African.   


We discuss Africa-China trade politics in the light of this new US policy as well as what the US says and how some African leaders are responding to it. 


For more, check out these resources:

  • U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, US State Department, August 2022,
  • Ralph Jennings, “China Cuts Tariffs”, SCMP, 8 August 2022,
  • Anna Flack, “China - Africa Trade Hits Record Highs in 2021”, Statista, 1 August 2022, 

    The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast is a bi-monthly podcast giving you a fresh look at the news, events, and debates around China-Africa relations from the perspective of two young(ish) Africans.


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