Rex Tillerson slams China's relationship with Africa

President Uhuru Kenyatta with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who has been forced to cancel activities in Kenya

It didn't take long for President Donald Trump's "sh**hole" comment about African nations to come up in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first visit to the continent as top US diplomat.

Tillerson appreciated the efforts and role the AU plays in economic regional integration of Africa and ensuring peace and stability on the continent, as well as strengthening the African Center for Disease control, on which he said U.S.is keen to forge closer collaboration.

On Thursday, March 8, Tillerson told news conference in Ethiopia that African leaders need to carefully consider their agreements with China. For his part, Faki said Trump's Africa remark was "of the past".

Ogbeh said: "We came to brief the president on developments following our visit to China in April previous year and our negotiations on a number of issues to deal with machineries for agricultural development".

"I did not know that Rex Tillerson was a specialist in China-Africa ties".

Tillerson had earlier on acknowledged the potential Chinese investments in Africa had in filling up its infrastructure gap but warned that dependency on China would lead to mounting debt, undermining Africa's sovereignty and thus potentially endangering future independence and sustainable growth through vague contracts, predatory loans and corrupt trade.

The U.S. Secretary has been taking a dig at China and its investment in Africa in the past few days, although he had been roundly condemned by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, who is also visiting Zimbabwe on Thursday.




"I received a letter written by President Trump to myself and I shared that with other African leaders".

"It is important that the country moves on past the state of emergency as quickly as possible", he said.

The Africa trip - which also includes Chad, Djibouti, Kenya and Nigeria - is Tillerson's first since he became the United States' top diplomat, and he announced more than half a billion dollars in aid just before embarking on the visit.

Tillerson embarked on a five-nation tour beginning in Ethiopia with a visit to the African Union.

Mr Tillerson gave his speech at George Mason University in Virginia, shortly before setting off on his weeklong visit to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.

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.

Tillerson will continue to advocate for good governance and transparency throughout his African trip, arguing that advances in those areas will help draw more private investment from the U.S.

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