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This Chart Explains Why the U.S. Seems Increasingly Disengaged From Africa

This chart that measures African trade clearly explains why there’s so little interest in the United States about fostering closer ties with Africa.

The U.S. trading relationship peaked in 2011 and since then has been on a steady, potentially irreversible decline. In sharp contrast, China and the India are both rebounding strongly after a dip in 2016.

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