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The U.S. Tries to Present a Counter-Narrative to China’s COVID-19 Diplomatic Push in Africa

Politico White House correspondent Meridith McGraw appeared on CBS News on Tuesday to talk about her recent story on how the U.S. is becoming increasingly frustrated over China’s COVID-19 diplomacy and how the Trump administration is trying to warn African countries about the risks of engaging China too deeply on the COVID-19 issue.

One of the key themes of the discussion in today’s interview was a quote in McGraw’s story from an unnamed State Department official who compared the Chinese to an arsonist who started a “village fire,” which the U.S. then comes to put out

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