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U.S. takes aim at Chinese and Russian influence in Africa strategy

Document discusses human rights sanctions, food and climate change aid

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, with Naledi Pandor, South Africa's minister of international relations and cooperation, in Pretoria on Aug. 8.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. promises to advance food security and infrastructure development in sub-Saharan Africa while warning of growing Chinese and Russian influence in a new strategy for the region unveiled Monday.

The document also takes a hard line on the rise of authoritarianism in the region, raising the possibility of sanctions over human rights violations.

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