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China, Like the U.S., Frames Much of Its Engagement in Africa in the Context of Great Power Rivalry

Wu Peng, director-general of the department of African Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The United States often frames its engagement in Africa as a way to confront China’s “malign influence,” prompting widespread criticism over the years that Washington’s primary interest on the continent appears more focused on China than on building a constructive Africa policy.

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