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China Wants to Play a Bigger Diplomatic Role in the Horn of Africa, Setting Up Potential Confrontation With the U.S.

It was a remarkable coincidence that both the United States and China announced the appointments of special envoys for Ethiopia… on the same day.

The State Department on Thursday said it will replace Jeffrey Feltman after less than a year on the job with David Satterfield, the outgoing ambassador to Turkey. The consensus among foreign policy watchers in DC is that the move tacitly acknowledges that U.S. foreign policy in the region is adrift.

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