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Following  the International Relations Education Program (IREP) featuring experts from the Africa Program, this Wilson Memo provides Congressional staff with an in-depth analysis of the developing relationship between China and Africa. The memo touches on China's growing influence on the continent, especially through foreign direct investment. The memo goes on to explore the realities of Chinese loans and dispels the 'debt trap' myth. Included in the document are the tangible, practical offerings from China which make the developing relationship more attractive to African countries. Finally, the memo concludes with Africa's attitude for U.S. engagement, policy options, and opportunities in the areas of education and public diplomacy. 

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