Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

The American agency “Bloomberg” reported on the decline of the United States’ influence in the African continent, in contrast to the rising influence of Russia and China.

It stated that “the African continent, which contains 60% of the world’s arable land and 30% of its mineral reserves, with a population approaching 1.5 billion people, constitutes an increasingly important region for global security.”

The report noted that “unfortunately, the United States has not been able to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape.”

It added that “in the latest setback, American forces were compelled to leave Niger, where the Pentagon had a long-standing security partnership.”

Meanwhile, Russia and China are strengthening their political and military influence across the continent.

Bloomberg pointed out that “African leaders are looking to gain economic benefits from China’s Belt and Road Initiative and purchase AI-enhanced versions of equipment that have made China a surveillance state.”

The report concluded by stating that “the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), responsible for military cooperation throughout the region, warned that China is active in all 54 African countries.”

It added that the commander of “AFRICOM”, Michael Langley, stated that “Beijing aims to establish naval bases on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Gulf of Aden. It has already built its first official overseas base in the Horn of Africa in Djibouti.”

Bloomberg noted on March 24, 2023, that the United States is working to strengthen its influence in Africa after losing ground to its main competitors, Beijing and Moscow, during President Donald Trump’s tenure, in what it described as a “new Cold War.”

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