China’s Growing Influence: Is America Getting Left Behind?

China’s global influence has grown dramatically in recent years, surpassing the United States as the largest trading partner with many countries in Africa and Latin America. China doubled its diplomacy budget over the last five years, proposing to increase its foreign affairs budget by 15% in 2018 alone, at the same time that the United States considers proposals to its cut funding for diplomacy and development by 30%.

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