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International relations

U.S. courts Africa with aid as China, Russia make inroads

Countries seek to strike balance between Washington and rivals

U.S. President Joe Biden, center, attends the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on Dec. 15.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON/TUNIS -- The U.S. has renewed its commitment to countries in Africa by promising billions of dollars in assistance as it seeks to catch up to China and Russia, which have both expanded their influence on the continent. 

"The United States is all in on Africa's future," U.S. President Joe Biden pledged at a three-day summit that brought leaders from 49 African countries to Washington this week.

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