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Two Recent Setbacks in France and the U.S. Highlight the West’s Challenges in Competing With China in Africa

French President Emmanuel Macron poses with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta before their meeting at the Elyseé Presidential Palace in Paris on July 1, 2021. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

U.S. and European officials are now more aligned than they’ve been in years in their determination to challenge China’s growing influence in Africa and other regions throughout the Global South. And while Western leaders have clearly articulated their desire to confront China, turning rhetoric into action is proving to be more difficult.

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