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India risks 'losing' Africa to China

After Beijing raced ahead on the continent, New Delhi must boost ties to catch up

| India
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July.   © Reuters

India and China have competed for influence in Africa for decades. But in the last 10 years, New Delhi has been left far behind by Beijing's dramatic push, spearheaded by cheap loans, huge infrastructure projects and widespread investments in natural resources.

China's commitment was highlighted by the Sept. 3-4 Africa summit in Beijing attended by 53 African states, at which president Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion in economic aid to the continent, on top of the $60 billion he said had been disbursed since 2015.

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