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Why Working With South Africa is Important, But Complicated for Both the U.S. and China

South Africa’s relationship with China and Russia has painted a target on its back in Washington, with some policymakers calling for it to be kicked out of the African Growth and Opportunity Act trade pact.

SA is China’s largest trading partner on the continent. Through its BRICS membership, it also extended China-centric political groupings to Africa while working with Beijing on climate positions as part of the BASIC group with Brazil and India.

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