Africa: There's a Lot Riding On the Outcome of the Us Presidential Election in Terms of Africa's Relations With China

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A Trump victory in the 3 November US elections is likely to see the US intensify its attempts to roll back China's successful Africa policy. A Biden administration will find areas in which its US-Africa policy will converge with that of China. The US and China will be more likely to cooperate within multilateral forums and will actively seek a multilateral approach to global challenges, such as peacekeeping and health matters.

American democracy is too big and fortified to completely collapse. However, the controversy over Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 elections and the events of the last four years have shown that indeed America's democracy is not completely impregnable. The 3 November 2020 US elections are rightly perceived as "generational elections". More than anything else, these elections will become a major landmark and a point of reference in the history of America. They stand to make or break not just President Donald J Trump but America itself, as a global hegemon.

On Wednesday, 21 October 2020, the African Centre for the Study of the United States, based at Wits University, will hold a timely virtual town hall meeting open to the public. African and American scholars will debate the...

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