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Expert defends China-Africa cooperation

The U. S. is the leading aid donor to Africa but China surpassed it as a trade partner in 2009. Photo: Afriscaper

Beijing is a better partner for Africa than Washington because Chinese investment has improved people’s lives here, an Ethiopian expert has said.

Abebe Aynete, a senior researcher with Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute, said the Chinese investment in infrastructure has brought changes in African countries that is “plain to see.”

Aynete said U.S. accusations about China-Africa cooperation is “detached from reality.”

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is on a five-nation African tour, was quoted by media as criticising the way Beijing structured loans to African countries during his visit to the African Union headquarters in capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Tillerson also claimed that Chinese investments did not lead to significant job creation.

The statement from Tillerson is because U. S. fears it has lost its influence on Africa to China,” Aynete said.





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