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Why the U.S. Should Be Worried About South Africa’s Increasingly Close Ties With China

Chinese Foreign Minister and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during a recent meeting in Durban, South Africa. Photo via Chinese embassy in Pretoria.

On its own, South African Deputy President David Mabuza’s week-long trip to Beijing, which starts today, will probably not generate a lot of headlines. But his arrival in the Chinese capital caps a month of small but important milestones that all point to deepening of Sino-South African ties that will likely come at the expense of Pretoria’s ties with the United States.

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