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Turkey's push into Africa has China looking over its shoulder

Powered by direct flights and 43 embassies, Ankara expands its sphere of influence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is welcomed in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 28, 2020. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

ISTANBUL -- On Aug. 14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Guinean President Alpha Conde at the hilltop Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul.

One of the former residences of the last Ottoman sultan is currently used as Erdogan's main office for the Asia side of Turkey's largest city.

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