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Africa should avoid forfeiting sovereignty to China over loans: Tillerson

Africa should avoid forfeiting sovereignty to China over loans: Tillerson

Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation, on Wednesday and visited the African Union headquarters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, visiting Zimbabwe on Thursday, told reporters it was inappropriate for Tillerson to criticize China's relationship with African countries.

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The United States is the leading aid donor to Africa but China surpassed it as a trade partner in 2009.

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Tillerson had planned Saturday to attend an event for PEPFAR, the US program to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The two also discussed a few country-specific issues, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the United States continues to urge the AU to press all parties including the DRC government and the political opposition to work towards December 2018 DRC elections.

Tillerson said Chinese investments do not create jobs in African countries and a government that accepts a loan from China risks losing control of its own infrastructure or its own resources. He said there was no monopoly on investment in African countries.

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He travelled from Ethiopia to Kenya on Friday, making a brief stop in Djibouti, and was scheduled to head to Chad on Monday and then to Nigeria on Tuesday.