Blinken Looks To Show Africa Commitment As Crises Call Out

Blinken Looks To Show Africa Commitment As Crises Call Out

Andrew H. Sweet

The top US diplomat landed early Wednesday in Kenya, one of America's most longstanding allies in a region where China has made inroads. He will later travel to Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation, and then Senegal, a beacon of democratic stability.

The visit comes weeks before Biden convenes a summit of democracies in Washington and on the heels of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, where the Biden administration joined calls to move away from polluting fossil fuels.

One issue Blinken is likely to hear around the continent –- is trade. AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) expires in 2025, and neither Biden nor Trump have been rushing for a replacement amid a souring in US public opinion on trade deals.

Letting the act lapse would likely only fuel relationships with China, which has been eager to secure resources and makes no fuss about good governance.

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