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Japan extends loans and scholarships in tug of war over Africa

Tokyo challenges Beijing's Belt and Road with $2.8bn in loans

A construction site on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria. Japan plans to promote transparent, high-quality infrastructure projects in Africa.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will pledge over 300 billion yen ($2.84 billion) in assistance to Africa at a development conference later this month, seeking to encourage transparent infrastructure development on the continent as China moves in.

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