Pompeo caps three-nation Africa tour with veiled swipe at China

At the end of a whistle-stop tour of three African countries, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a thinly-veiled swipe towards China – by far Africa’s largest trading partner – as he pitched Washington’s ability to boost growth on the continent.

“Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency,” Pompeo said in a speech on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

 

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