Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

African countries should weigh Chinese loans carefully, says Tillerson

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Ellis Copeland | 09 March, 2018, 03:01

The secretary of state's comments follow news from Seoul that North Korea is open to discussing its nuclear program with the USA, as well as normalizing relations with the U.S.

Trump eventually denied making the comments, but not before they sparked protests and condemnation.

While Tillerson received some criticism for not visiting Africa in his first year, his trip has generated plenty of anticipation and excitement, two African diplomats in Washington told ABC News.

"Our message is for countries to consider carefully what the terms of those agreements are and not forfeit any elements of your sovereignty as you enter into such arrangements with China", he said at the AU headquarters, notably built by China.

NAIJ.com gathered that the United States secretary has been criticising China and its investment in Africa in the past few days.

"However, we think it's important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those investments".

"And 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", he stressed.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that China gave Nigeria a loan of $4.5 billion to buy appropriate farming tools to boost local agriculture.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that the United States does not have authority to criticize the relationship that China has with African countries.

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Many African governments enjoy close ties with both Washington and Beijing. "For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned", the U.S. President tweeted on Tuesday.

Mahamat, on Tillerson's remarks about China's roles in Africa, said the African continent had many partnerships.

Tillerson said China was encouraging dependency in Africa through its infrastructure and other support.

The diplomat met Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu as well as Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned earlier this month amid a political crisis in Africa's fastest growing economy. Details of their discussions were not released.

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

North Korea has more than a dozen embassies on the continent. The Trump administration has said that Pyongyang earns hard currency from arms deals with African government and the trafficking of wildlife parts from Africa.

Tillerson was due to meet with Ethiopian officials on Thursday afternoon before flying to tiny Djibouti, host to sprawling military bases owned by the US, China, Japan, France, and Italy.

Tillerson's African tour, which will also include Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria, is taking place after pejorative statements by U.S. President Donald Trump raised indignation among leaders of the continent.

Tillerson's five-nation, week-long tour of the continent is primarily focused on security issues.

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