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Transcript of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Q&A Exchange About Chinese Engagement in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking with Wazam Ibanor from Nigeria during a video conference Q&A.

WAZAM OBANOR: Considering the growth of the Chinese in Africa, will the U.S. be competing with China in Africa — especially as it pertains to Africa’s growth over the next few years?

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN: Thank you Wazam, that’s a very important question. Let me say a few things to that. First, Africa, countries in Africa will and should engage with a broad array of partners — whether it’s China or France, Turkey or Brazil, the United States or many others. And my hope is that African countries and African communities just approach those relationships with your eyes wide open. China’s a global competitor and competition is a good thing as long as it’s basically fair and the playing field is level.

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