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    US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson Faults China's Economic Engagement in Africa

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has faulted China's economic engagement in Africa, ahead of his first official visit to Africa, the BBC Africa reports.

    He claimed China encouraged dependency, make use of corrupt deals and endangered its natural resources, the news site observes.

    Mr Tillerson went on to announce a $533m (£380m) humanitarian African aid plan.

    His trip to Africa is coming at a time when the continent's rapport with the US president appears damaged. President Donald Trump reportedly used foul language to describe African countries in January.

    He will be looking to build bridges.

    Mr Tillerson gave his speech at George Mason University in Virginia, just before setting off on his weeklong visit to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, the BBC Africa gathered.

    The themes of his trip are: counterterrorism, democracy, governance, trade and investment.

    Then he launched into his criticism of China. While he affirmed the potentials of China's investment to improve Africa's infrastructure, the approach, for him, had led to mounting debt while creating few jobs.

    Over the past two decades trade between Africa and China has increased, driven by China's demand for the continent's minerals.

    While Chinese construction firms have made significant improvements to long-neglected infrastructure, including roads, in a number of countries, Tillerson is of the view that Africa's security and economic prosperity are linked to USA's.

    "Our country's security and economic prosperity are linked with Africa's like never before," said Mr Tillerson, as made available by BBC Africa.

    He said the aid plan will help people affected by food shortages and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Lake Chad Basin.

    Mr Tillerson said he has made many trips to Africa before, in his former career as an oil executive.

    His latest, and his first as the US's top diplomat, coincides with that of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who is this week visiting Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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