US Secretary of State cautions on Chinese dealings in Africa
03:37, Mar 9, 2018
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"The goal of my trip to this continent is to listen", Tillerson said Thursday. For the last three years, Kenya has received more than $100 million annually in US security assistance.
Lavrov, who was visiting Zimbabwe, said Tillerson's words were inappropriate, state news agency New Ziana reported. He explained that the US and North Korea need to start with "talks about talks", according to the Associated Press.
Geng said China's financing support to Africa is mainly in infrastructure and production areas.
"I received a letter written by President Trump to myself and I shared that with other African leaders". As one senior State Department official briefing reporters on condition of anonymity put it: "There's really no deliverables".
The aid, which includes tens of thousands of tons of food, is divided among Ethiopia, parts of which are ravaged by a severe drought, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan and the countries of the Lake Chad basin, where millions are teetering on the edge of starvation.
Though the United States is the leading donor of humanitarian aid to Africa, China surpassed the USA to become Africa's largest trading partner in 2009. "When do we get to see the outlines of what the Trump Africa policy is?" Trump has not named an assistant secretary for Africa to oversee the continent, nor an ambassador to key countries like South Africa.
At the press conference, Tillerson said he had "a very good exchange" with Ethiopian officials about counterterrorism efforts.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 8, 2018. The day before Tillerson's departure, about 100 protesters gathered outside Tillerson's office in Washington chanting against the government.
Investments underscore just how much China is outpacing the U.S.in Africa. He said there was no monopoly on investment in African countries.
This he contrasted with the Chinese Communist Party, which, he said, "encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty, denying them their long-term, self-sustaining growth".
"Chinese investment does have the potential to address Africa's infrastructure gap, but its approach has led to mounting debt and few, if any, jobs in most countries", Tillerson added."When coupled with the political and fiscal pressure, this endangers Africa's natural resources and its long-term economic, political stability". Numerous governments called in US diplomats to demand an explanation. It is the highest-level visit to date for the Trump administration and comes after derogatory comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in January outraged leaders around the continent. However his Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress he was "quite skeptical" and Vice President Mike Pence said the United States position towards North Korea would not change "until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearisation". The energy behemoth has significant business dealings in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Chad, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
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