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China Looms Over the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

For the first time an American president is convening a summit of almost every African head of state. The stated goal of Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit is to focus on US trade and investment, while publicly stating that the event in no way should be seen as a competition with China’s surging investment on the continent. Yeah, well, no one really believes that. Of course every one is watching this summit as a barometer of how engaged Washington plans to be relative to the ever expanding presence of the Chinese, Indians, Brazilians and others across Africa.

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