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International relations

Turkey jockeys with China for influence in Africa

From railways to diplomacy, Ankara looks to extend its geostrategic reach

Workers put the finishing touches on a railway in Kombolcha, in northern Ethiopia. The line is being built by Turkish contractor Yapi Merkezi. (Photo by Akihiro Sano)

ISTANBUL -- Much has been written in recent years on China's growing influence in Africa. But it has a challenger in Turkey, which, like China, is looking to expand its strategic and economic reach.

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