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International relations

Japan and China woo Africa in dueling diplomatic blitz

Motegi makes second recent visit to continent, along with Latin America swing

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, meets with Senegalese Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall on Jan. 11. This was his second trip to Africa in as many months. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

TOKYO -- Japan and China have intensified their diplomatic efforts in Africa, looking to maintain a political foothold on the continent in a post-coronavirus world with a new U.S. administration.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi returned home Thursday after touring Senegal and Kenya, as well as five Latin American countries. This was his second trip to Africa in two months.

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