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Africa is next in the U.S.-China race

Rex Tillerson sitting at table in Ethiopia
Tillerson and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat hold press conference March 8 in Ethiopia. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is warning Africans not to forfeit "any elements of your sovereignty" to China via its investments and loans, during his five-nation Africa tour. Separately, other U.S. leaders are growing more concerned about moves China is making on an important port in Djibouti.

Why this matters: Africa is the new target in the global influence race between China and America. Similar to a recent trip to Latin America, Tillerson is sounding the alarm over China's growing influence. But, China's reach is expected to continue expanding, especially as Chinese President Xi Jinping views President Trump's "America First" platform as a boon.