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What It Takes To Compete Against the Chinese in Africa

Some of the 200 China Harbor Engineering Corporation who recently arrived in Nigeria. Image via @CCCCLTDofficial.

Remember all those exciting Africa summits that took place last year? The Russians and Turks each had one, as did the Europeans, and the Japanese.

At one point it seemed kind of ridiculous that African leaders were spending tens of thousands of dollars (at least) of their taxpayers’ money to take huge entourages to these distant locales and hear basically the same message from their hosts:

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