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ASEAN, Not Africa is Becoming The Primary Venue for the U.S.-China Great Power Struggle

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses counterparts at the virtual ASEAN-China summit in Hanoi on November 12, 2020. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Three decades after the last Cold War ended, African leaders are understandably concerned they’ll once again get swept up in great power rivalry, this time between the United States and China. But there’s little indication that either Washington or Beijing has any plans to make Africa a primary battleground in their increasingly acrimonious feud.

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