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The shadow of China: An ‘800-pound gorilla’ lurks over the effort to improve ties between the US and Africa

August 6, 2014, The Hill

Witney Schneidman is quoted regarding expanded U.S. foreign policy in Africa and the U.S.- Africa Business Forum:

"Witney W. Schneidman, senior international adviser for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP, said some of the main issues that could come up include the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is set to expire next year."

Schneidman, who worked in the Clinton administration as the deputy assistant secretary of State for African affairs, said that the business summit “is important because Africa has never registered very highly on the American foreign policy agenda.” 

“This is an indication that’s changed,” Schneidman said. “There’s a feeling that we’re playing catch-up to competing countries, like China.” 

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