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Georgetown University’s Ken Opalo Why the U.S. Can’t Compete With China in Africa

Nipah Dennis / AFP

Until the Biden administration released its new strategy for Africa last August, U.S. foreign policy towards the continent had been largely shaped by a longstanding desire in Washington to challenge China’s growing presence there

Going all the way back to the first Obama administration, the U.S. framed China’s expanding influence in Africa as a direct threat to its interests, prompting a series of largely ineffective warnings about predatory lending, corruption and neo-colonialism.

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