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Washington’s Schizophrenic China-Africa Debate

There are two totally different conversations going on in Washington, D.C. these days about how to frame China’s engagement in Africa. Down at the State Department and even at the Pentagon, there’s a concerted effort underway to evolve U.S. policy away from the confrontational approach of the past decade.

Talk about “debt traps” and “predatory lending” is now giving way to a more nuanced discussion that aims to focus on distinct U.S. advantages in education, culture, and governance.

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