US slammed for ‘smearing’ China’s development in Africa

JOHANNESBURG – In a no-holds barred and strongly-worded rebuke, China’s ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, on Monday took strong exception to United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s criticism of China’s African policy, saying that the US wanted to create an impression that China was aiding and abetting corruption and looting the resources of the continent whereas it was the US that feared losing its grip and influence in Africa. 

The row between the US and China reached new levels after Tillerson, during his maiden African trip last week, said that Chinese investment in the continent does not have the potential to address infrastructure challenges and was not creating any jobs in most countries, adding that it endangered Africa’s natural resources and its long-term…

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