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It didn't take long for President Donald Trump's "shithole" comment about African nations to come up in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first visit to the continent as top US diplomat.
With respect to China's approach, Tillerson reiterated that the USA was not in any way attempting to keep Chinese investment dollars out of Africa. "It is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those agreements and not forfeit their sovereignty".
Before embarking on a five-nation tour of Africa this week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the link between women's health and economic and social development as he lauded Washington's massive global health fund, PEPFAR, for how it had "transformed the global HIV/AIDS response", saying that " ... nowhere is this more evident than in Africa".
"About a third of these debts or loans are collateralized with natural resources".
"The African Union truly is a force for good, and we're grateful to the African Union's role in seeking solutions to help this continent move towards greater stability", said the American Department State.
"This August, we will remember the hundreds of lives lost 20 years ago in the USA embassy attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam - where hundreds of lives ended", Tillerson said.
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If you look at other aspects of U.S. -Africa relations, namely diplomatic or economic, you haven't seen as much traction as we're seeing on the security front. Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Mahamat, said this at a news conference with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the commission's headquarters in Addis Ababa. Promotion of trade and investment between the United States and Africa, food and cyber securities as well as supporting intra-Africa trade were also among the topics of their discussions. Beijing has pumped billions into infrastructure projects, though critics say the use of Chinese firms and labor undermines their value.
"Oftentimes, the financing models are structured in a way that the country, when it gets into trouble financially, loses control of its own infrastructure or its own resources through default", said the Secretary of State.
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"The objective of my trip to this continent is to listen".
Reports show that in recent years Chinsese government loan to African countries has been increasing reaching between 50% to 200% of a GDP of a country.
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