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Blinken says US can benefit Africa amid rising Chinese influence

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Abuja (AFP) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the United States considers Africa a “major geopolitical power” where it can deliver tangible benefits that reflect democratic values, seeking to boost US influence as rival China invests heavily. Days before China holds a major meeting on Africa in Senegal, where Blinken heads Friday, the top US diplomat said President Joe Biden plans to convene a summit of African leaders. In an address at the headquarters of the West African bloc ECOWAS in Abuja, Blinken made no explicit mention of China but said he knew Africans have been “wa…

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