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AFRICA/CHINA/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “National security adviser John Bolton unveiled President Donald Trump’s Africa strategy on Thursday [12-13-18], outlining a plan that he said focuses heavily on countering China and Russia’s expanding influence across the region, while also making sure US taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly with a reduction in US involvement in United Nations peacekeeping missions. Bolton emphasized that America’s vision for the region is ‘one of independence, self-reliance, and growth — not dependency, domination, and debt.’ However, the plan is also likely to result in additional cuts to aid and peacekeeping programs…Specifically, the Trump administration’s approach appears to lean heavily on the promise that the US will be able to advance trade and commercial ties with nations across the region by exposing the ‘predatory practices pursued by Russia and China.'”

Zachary Cohen and Michelle Kosinski, “Bolton slams China, Russia over ‘predatory practices’ in Africa,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 13, 2018 1:33 am

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