The Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Photo: EPA-EFE

Russia seeks to counter China’s influence in Africa by hosting major summit of continent’s leaders

  • In recent years China has emerged as a top foreign power on the continent, forcing Russia to play catch-up
  • All 54 African states are represented at the first Russia-Africa Summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi
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The Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during his visit to the Middle East this week. Photo: Reuters

China poised but not rushing to follow Russia plan for Middle East as Donald Trump’s administration leaves vacuum by rushing out of Syria

  • As US influence wanes in the region President Vladimir Putin is moving in with multilateral security plans
  • Beijing has welcomed Russian proposals but will be wary of signing on too quickly
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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during his visit to the Middle East this week. Photo: Reuters
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