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“We’re Not Competing With China” in Africa Says Linda Thomas-Greenfield

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations speaking with CNN anchor Abby Phillip at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Image via the Atlantic Council.

The United States’s people-to-people ties in Africa make it impervious to Chinese competition, said U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in an interview with CNN.

It’s interesting to compare it with remarks by her colleague Jose W. Fernandez, the Under-Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, at the recent Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town this week. While Fernandez didn’t name-check China directly, competition with Beijing in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo featured prominently.

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