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China floats 'Africa Quad' with Germany and France

Xi seeks to drive wedge in Atlantic alliance with cooperation proposals

People stand in front of Nairobi Terminus, a railway station on the Chinese-built Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, outside Nairobi, Kenya.    © Reuters

NEW YORK/BEIJING -- China, Germany and France can together assist the development of Africa in a "four-party" framework, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to his European counterparts in an online summit.

The idea of quadrilateral cooperation on Africa -- an "Africa Quad" -- came in the form of an invitation to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to join the Initiative on Partnership for Africa's Development, a framework Beijing launched with African countries in May.

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