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The top US diplomat's comments followed a speech on Monday in which he criticised "China's approach" to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through "opaque contracts" and "predatory loan practices".

The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Thursday warned African countries about receiving loan facilities from the Chinese government.

Secretary Tillerson has also urged Africa countries to join the global communities' decision of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula by putting pressure on North Korea.

"We think it's important African countries carefully consider the terms of those investments", said Tillerson, claiming that Chinese-funded projects do not "bring significant job creation locally" and risks having countries lose control of resources and development projects. Many African governments enjoy close ties with both Washington and Beijing. In past remarks, Tillerson has stated that North Korea is not only a moral burden to China, but represents a "serious threat" to the country.

At a press conference with African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, a journalist asked Faki and Tillerson whether the USA should apologize for the remark.

The complex was fully funded and built by China and is seen as a symbol of Beijing's thrust for influence and access to the continent's natural resources.

Earlier this week, Tillerson criticized "China's approach" to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through "opaque contracts" and "predatory loan practices".

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He was greeted at the airport Addis Ababa on a red carpet by the Ethiopian foreign minister before taking a motorcade to his hotel. His top African diplomat, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Donald Yamamoto, cast the trip in broad terms.

The emergency rule was aimed at restoring peace and security in the country.

By the year 2030, Africa will represent about one-quarter of the world's workforce, and by the year 2050, the population of the continent is expected to double to more than 2.5 billion people, with 70 per cent of them under the age of 30.

He met African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat with whom he discussed economic partnership and collaboration against terrorism.

Meantime, the Trump administration has again reversed course on whether to let Americans import the body parts of African elephants shot for recreation.

"I think the USA commitment to Africa is quite clear in terms of the importance we place on the relationship", he said.

Tillerson's five-nation Africa tour - to include Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria - has been described by analysts as a "listening tour", with no deals or initiatives due to be announced. 'The last time great powers cooperated on managing their conflicting interests in Africa, it did not work out that well for Africans, ' he said, referring to the infamous 1884-1885 Berlin Conference where the European powers carved up the continent.