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After Avoiding the Issue in Senegal, China Creeps Back into Pompeo’s Messaging in Angola

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left), meets with Angolan Foreign Minister, Manuel Domingos Augusto, at the Presidential Palace in Luanda on February 17, 2020. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his visit to Angola, the second stop on a three-nation African tour, where he largely stayed on message promoting U.S. business interests and focusing on anti-corruption issues. But unlike in Senegal where the Secretary avoided any public mention of China, the topic did come up in talks with President João Lourenço and later at a joint press conference with his Angolan counterpart Manuel Augusto:

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