US Secretary of State slams China relations with Africa ahead of tour
08 March, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Mable Gonzales
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "taking a little time off" for vacation following an extended trip to Europe and the Middle East, his spokeswoman said.
In his speech on Tuesday at George Mason University, Mr Tillerson said the United States has "a longstanding partnership with Kenya".
"The United States pursues developed, sustainable growth that bolsters institutions, strengthens rule of law and builds the capacity of African countries to stand on their own two feet", said Tillerson.
Speaking on "U.S. -Africa Relations: A New Framework", he said over the past century, as African nations emerged from their colonial past, there had been a dramatic increase in America's engagement with Africa.
"Chinese investment has 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 said. But seeing as one of the objectives of the visit is to "spur mutually beneficial trade and investment", the Secretary of State can help us make sense of the USA trade policies towards Africa.
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He will spend about a week on the continent visiting countries that play key roles in addressing Africa's security challenges, including Nigeria, Chad and Djibouti, which houses the only permanent US military base in Africa.
China is aggressively working to expand its regional influence, which is something of concern to US lawmakers. The government reacted aggressively when opposition leader Raila Odinga held a mock inauguration, shutting down TV stations and arresting opposition politicians, but the USA has largely voiced support for Kenyatta. Another $110 million was earmarked for Ethiopia to help amid a drought, with the remaining $128 million helping Nigeria and the Lake Chad region nations.
About $184 million is for affected populations from South Sudan and more than $110 million for affected populations from Ethiopia.
Terror attacks in Africa have claimed more than 1,500 lives in each of the past three years, Mr Tillerson said.
It noted further that "humanitarian aid is truly life-saving", adding also that "this assistance will not solve these crises, most of which are largely manmade", and calling on all parties to allow aid workers safe and unhindered access to help communities in need.
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