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Pompeo Takes Veiled Swipe At China On Final Leg Of Africa Trip.

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February 19, 2020, Giulia Paravicini

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a veiled swipe at China during a speech to Ethiopian business leaders on Wednesday, in an apparent amplification of U.S. criticism that Chinese lending for big infrastructure projects pushes poor countries into debt.

The Trump administration is seeking to counter significant Chinese influence on the continent with its new Prosper Africa trade and investment strategy and a newly established development financier, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

Analysts say the latter is Washington’s attempt at an alternative to Beijing’s sweeping Belt and Road initiative, which seeks to link China by sea and land with Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

“Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes and their empty promises,” Pompeo said in his speech at the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa in the Ethiopian capital. “They breed corruption, dependency and instability, not prosperity, sovereignty and progress.”

Pompeo’s visit to Ethiopia was also designed to demonstrate support for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s political reforms despite sporadic outbreaks of political violence, said Kjetil Tronvoll, an Ethiopia expert at Bjørknes University in Oslo.

Ethiopia is due to hold an election on Aug. 29 and Abiy has promised will be free and fair in a break from decades of repression.

“Abiy is pleased with whatever international attention and recognition he can get … to bolster his political standing and give legitimacy to his upcoming electoral race,” said Tronvoll.

Abiy announced on Tuesday after meeting Pompeo that the United States would provide financial assistance to Ethiopia as it pursues reforms, but neither government announced details. [L8N2AI429]

Later a senior U.S. official said the U.S. had already committed $37 million to support the election, separate to the $1 billion that the United States was already providing in aid.

In his speech on Wednesday, Pompeo named American companies, such as Chevron, Coca-Cola and Bechtel, as longstanding investors in the region.

He confirmed the United States was seeking a free trade agreement with Kenya, but offered no new information about negotiations that began earlier this month in Washington.

“If there’s one thing you should know about our president – my boss – you should you know that he loves deals. He wants more to happen between the United States and nations all across Africa,” Pompeo told business leaders.

While Pompeo was visiting Senegal, the first stop on his Africa tour, he announced U.S. firms had signed five new memorandums of understanding for infrastructure projects.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a veiled swipe at China during a speech to Ethiopian business leaders on Wednesday, in an apparent amplification of U.S. criticism that Chinese lending for big...

 

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Well reading this one, you can see why Mr IOG of Djibouti will not be sleeping well. Since, the very idea of China enticing others in Africa into a form of a "debt diplomacy", so that they will be dependent on them (which is the argument in which the Yanks are putting forward in here) could only mean the likes of Djibouti is what the Yanks are having in mind in here. Given Djibouti is State that essentially had "mortgaged" itself up to its collective eye-balls with easy Chinese's loans that in turn will be almost impossible for them to pay back in any way. Which is what the Yanks, of course, self-servingly, are now bleating on about it. 

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3 hours ago, Oodweyne said:

Well reading this one, you can see why Mr IOG of Djibouti will not be sleeping well. Since, the very idea of China enticing others in Africa into a form of a "debt diplomacy", so that they will be dependent on them (which is the argument in which the Yanks are putting forward in here) could only mean the likes of Djibouti is what the Yanks are having in mind in here. Given Djibouti is State that essentially had "mortgaged" itself up to its collective eye-balls with easy Chinese's loans that in turn will be almost impossible for them to pay back in any way. Which is what the Yanks, of course, self-servingly, are now bleating on about it. 

This is a song that started during Obama years. It was also shown in Wikileaks as far back as Yamamoto was the American Ambassador in Ethiopia.

The US senate passed a resolution stating that Djibouti is a national security risk.

The problem was always that America has power China has money.

America changes Governments, Chinese change countries

Now finally it seems America is coming to compete with Chinese with same method. With a Bank and corporations sbsidized with that bank. Hopefully everyone will benefit from the competition.

 

As to Ghelleh there is one more element in the equation. France and Saudi Arabia.

UAE hates that both are in Djibouti, since they have more influence on US than UAE does. Britain also is of no help to America when it comes to Djibouti. No body including US wants to rock the boat since no body has control what can happen.

As for Abiy, he gets help, but not to the extent one would think. The Amxara are owners of this relationship, which means Abiy looses more with Oromo, the more help he gets from the other side.

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9 hours ago, Old_Observer said:

As to Ghelleh there is one more element in the equation. France and Saudi Arabia.

UAE hates that both are in Djibouti, since they have more influence on US than UAE does. Britain also is of no help to America when it comes to Djibouti. No body including US wants to rock the boat since no body has control what can happen.

As for Abiy, he gets help, but not to the extent one would think. The Amxara are owners of this relationship, which means Abiy looses more with Oromo, the more help he gets from the other side.

Old_Observer,

That is a good analysis, especially the bit about Mr IOG buying himself an "insurance policy" in the form of Saudi's support. So that if the UAE were to try to do some "funny business" in the sense of trying to convince the Yanks (particularly the ever volatile Mr Trump) to come down hard on the Mr IOG and his state-let call Djibouti on the account of how he is been having a "dalliance" with the Chinese (which is contrary to the US's interests) then, Mr IOG will "activate" his "insurance policy", by asking the Saudi's sheikdom (and in particular Mr MBS - the Chainsaw guy) to "intercede" with the Yanks and with Mr Trump himself on his behalf and on behalf of tiny Djibouti.

It's very clever plan, indeed.

As for Mr Abby Ahmed, it seems all he wants from the Yanks is to "anoint" him their favorite political guy in Ethiopia. And therefore if he has to do a bit of "skulduggery" come the election time of August. Or if he were to "crack heads" in serious fashion, and cheat his way to re-election's mandate. Then Yanks will be expected to say on behalf of Mr Abby Ahmed and his crooked ways in which he had obtained his re-election bid: "That there is nothing to see in here, move along folks" (or words to that effect).

It's an "insurance policy" for his re-election bid, so that he can, politically, absolve himself from whatever "underhand tactics" he may be forced just so that he can actually and really secure that "electoral mandate" he needs now. Which is why the visit of Mr Pompeo to Ethiopia will go a long way in securing for him that sort of "political insurance".

Apparently, in this part of the world call Horn-Of-Africa (HoA) you really need lots of "insurance policies" to survive, politically, inside your country. And it seems the Yanks are best "insurance sellers" at least for now and in this time. For they are the latest empire in this part of the world who seems to have set anchor on ground in the troubled political waters of our region.

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