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Tillerson lambasts China-Africa relations

 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised China’s economic engagement in Africa, ahead of his first official visit to the continent on Wednesday.

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

He said China encouraged dependency, utilised corrupt deals and endangered its natural resources.

Mr. Tillerson also announced a 533 million Dollars humanitarian African aid plan.

Analysts say the secretary of state will be using the trip to attempt to build bridges after

President Donald Trump reportedly used foul language to describe African countries in January.

He outlined the themes of his trip: counterterrorism, democracy, governance, trade and investment, according to the BBC.

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