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Senior U.S. Diplomat Explains What Makes the U.S. So Uneasy About China’s Presence in Africa

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Amy Holman speaking at an online forum about U.S. perspectives on China's presence in Africa. Image via the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

While there have been countless seminars on China-Africa relations in Washington featuring scholars, think tank analysts, and journalists, it’s quite rare that these discussions feature high-ranking State Department officials. The higher up in the ranks, the more they prefer to keep discussions out of the public eye.

So, it was notable when one of Washington’s top diplomats for Africa, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Amy Holman, participated in a recent Foreign Policy Research Institute webinar to discuss the U.S. perspective on China’s presence in Africa.

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