耶伦访问非洲:指责俄罗斯和中国损害非洲

Yellen Blames Russia, China Over Actions She Says Hurt Africa

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen blamed Russia for worsening Africa’s economic problems and took a separate swipe at China over its lending practices, in an effort to contrast America’s actions with the behavior of its biggest rivals for influence on the continent.

(Bloomberg) — US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen blamed Russia for worsening Africa’s economic problems and took a separate swipe at China over its lending practices, in an effort to contrast America’s actions with the behavior of its biggest rivals for influence on the continent.

“Russia’s war and weaponization of food has exacerbated food insecurity and caused untold suffering,” Yellen said Friday in prepared remarks for a speech in Dakar, Senegal, alluding to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which began almost a year ago.
“The global economic headwinds caused by the actions of a single man — President Putin — are creating an unnecessary drag on Africa’s economy.”

The address laid out the Biden administration’s vision for mutually-beneficial economic cooperation between African governments and the US.

Turning to China, Yellen called on Beijing to “provide meaningful debt relief to help countries regain their footing.”

In recent years, China has become the largest lender to developing countries worldwide. But when governments run into trouble — as many have in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and amid rising energy and food costs — Beijing has dragged its feet on multilateral debt restructuring deals.

The Treasury chief also took a more veiled shot at China — without mentioning the country by name — over the lack of transparency and ultimate impact of its lending.

“Countries need to be wary of shiny deals that may be opaque and ultimately fail to actually benefit the people they were purportedly designed to help in the first place,” she said. “This can leave countries with a legacy of debt, diverted resources and environmental destruction.”

The remarks come just two days after Yellen met face-to-face for the first time with her counterpart Chinese counterpart, Liu He, in Zurich, where they emphasized the benefits of open communication and played down the two countries’ numerous disputes.

The speech also occurred two days before Yellen is scheduled to fly to Zambia, a country that went on a spending binge under its former president, Edgar Lungu, financed largely by debts to China. The size of the obligations, which helped bankrupt Zambia in 2020, became known only after Lungu’s 2021 election defeat.

From Zambia, she’ll travel to South Africa, arriving a day after the country hosts Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. South Africa is also scheduled to conduct naval exercises off its eastern coast with Russian and Chinese warships Feb. 17 to Feb. 26.

发表评论

您的电子邮箱地址不会被公开。 必填项已用*标注