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Joe Biden at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House.  (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Joe Biden at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

US president Joe Biden’s ambitions include a fast-track foreign policy reboot. John Matisonn writes that he has a history of supporting African policy issues, and he could be a strong ally in renegotiating or replacing the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which expires in 2025. 

How should South Africa position its relationship with the 78-year old, lifelong centrist American President who is poised to engage China’s increasingly confident President Xi Jinping?

An editorial in Business Day argued President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to show Joe Biden he is serious about democracy by not siding with unsavoury governments. It sparked the familiar disheartening debate on the web.

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