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US Urged to Show Up More as China Courts Allies in Africa, Asia

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Martin Kimani 

Martin Kimani 

Photographer: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images

Senior US officials have kept their focus on China and Ukraine at a key annual security conference in Colorado this week, but officials from Africa and Southeast Asia said they need to see greater American engagement if they really want to push back on Beijing and Moscow. 

“The US needs to become less reactive to what China is doing and bring American ingenuity and American companies and American competitiveness to the table,” Martin Kimani, Kenya’s ambassador to the United Nations, said on a panel at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday.