The meetings of heads of states are usually closely watched by the observers of international affairs. These meetings always have the potential to transform the history of the nations those heads of states represent. The decisions taken in these meetings can affect people’s lives, directly or indirectly.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa met the United States (US) President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. this week. The meeting took place a month after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken toured Africa, including South Africa where he presented America's new US-Africa strategy.
The US is clearly concerned about the inroads that have been made by Russia and China in Africa. And the world's superpower wants to counter these two countries in the African continent.
China’s influence in Africa has grown significantly over the past decades. Africa's biggest trading partner is now China. Africa’s biggest creditor, is China too.
Russia on the other hand has penetrated Africa with its mercenaries. Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, toured Africa last July. The aim of Lavrov’s trip was to garner support for Russia as it is engaged in a war with Ukraine. A war that began in February this year.
America’s goal is to forge more, stronger alliances in Africa, as it enters the Cold War II era with China, and is battling Russia over Ukraine.