Frans Cronje is a South African independent political and economic advisor, and former think tank director (the South African Institute Of Race Relations).
The southern Atlantic is a strategically important region for a number of reasons.
It is a major shipping route for goods and people traveling between Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. It is also a major route for oil and gas tankers, which transport energy resources from the Middle East to Europe and Asia.
It is home to important natural resources, including oil, gas, diamonds, and fish. These resources are vital to the economies of many countries in the region, such as South Africa.
The southern Atlantic is located at the crossroads of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
In the view of Frans, the southern Atlantic is likely to be a key battleground in the competition for influence between these major powers.
In the following conversation with me, he gave an overview of how he views the chess game being played from the perspective of South Africa and western Africa, as well as South America and the Falkland Islands.
He then moved northwards towards Europe and China (and the fight for energy dominance), including the ramifications of the West and its Russia-Ukraine proxy wars.