Ahead of his first official visit to Africa, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has criticised China’s economic engagement in the continent.
He argued China encouraged dependency, utilised corrupt deals and endangered its natural resources.
He said China’s investment had the potential to improve Africa’s infrastructure, but added that its approach had led to mounting debt while creating few jobs.
Meanwhile, Mr Tillerson announced a $533m (£380m) humanitarian African aid plan.
During his trip, he will be looking to build bridges after President Donald Trump reportedly used foul language to describe African countries in January.
Mr Tillerson gave his speech at George Mason University in Virginia, shortly before setting off on his weeklong visit to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.
He outlined the themes of his trip: counterterrorism, democracy, governance, trade and investment.