China Builds Ambitiously in Africa, and US Sounds the Alarm

The United States is sounding the alarm that the Chinese money flooding Africa comes with major strings attached.

In this photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency people gather before a red banner written in English and Chinese set up for the opening ceremony of the African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2012. The sleek, green-and-white trains glide past the congested, ragged streets of Addis Ababa along the city’s new light rail _ built and financed by China. The towering silver African Union headquarters here was built by China, too. So was the new ring road system around the city. And the new railway connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti. (Ding Haitao/Xinhua via AP) .

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United States is sounding the alarm that the Chinese money flooding Africa comes with major strings attached.

The warnings carry distinct neocolonial undertones. The U.S. says with Beijing’s astonishing investments in ports, roads and railways come dependency, exploitation of local resources and intrusion on nations’ sovereignty.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting several heavily indebted African countries this week, including Ethiopia, Djibouti (jih-BOO’-tee) and Kenya. He says the U.S. isn’t trying to prevent Chinese investments in Africa. But he says African nations must “carefully consider the terms.”

The U.S. says those terms lead to deals in which Chinese workers get the construction jobs, bribes are tolerated and countries risk perilous default.

China denies its investments in Africa are exploitive. It says the projects are transparent and mutually beneficial.

This article was originally published on httpss://www.usnews.com by Josh Lederman.

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