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U.S President Biden hosts leaders from Africa at summit amid rivalry from China

U.S President Joe Biden is set to announce support for the African Union to permanently join the Group of 20. He’s expected to do so at the U.S-Africa Leaders Summit, which began today. While some delegations have arrived in the US capital for the event, Biden has yet to schedule a bilateral meeting with any of them.

That’s a marked contrast with China; America’s biggest global rival which has long pursued personal high level diplomacy with Africa, while investing heavily in the continent. 

The U.S is also planning on bringing together Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi, for a possible sit down during the U.S-Africa Leaders’ Summit.

At a press briefing, U.S State Department spokesperson Edward “Ned” Price said the summit presented the best opportunity for the U.S to deal with some issues of mutual interest with African countries.

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