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Leaders From the World’s Major Powers Convene in Two Separate Summits. African Issues Addressed in One… Albeit Just Barely

Two separate international summits took place on Friday. China was a primary actor in one and a prominent theme of the other. And in both the U.S.-Japan summit in Washington and the Franco-German virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, key Global South issues ranging from vaccines to debt to climate change were all high on the agenda. 

Africa figured most prominently in the discussion between French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Xi. President Macron reportedly said France was open to working with China on African sustainable development initiatives and debt relief.

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