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Are IMF Loans Being Used to Counter China in Africa?

International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington, DC on October 7, 2019. SAUL LOEB / AFP

The growing influence of China in world politics has not gone unnoticed in Washington. In 2018, while presenting the U.S. national defense strategy, which set priorities for the Pentagon, then U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis declared in very clear terms that the United States was entering into great power competition with China and Russia. 

“Great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security” 

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