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International relations

Africa aid should factor debt sustainability, Japan says

Foreign Minister Kono stresses transparency in swipe at Beijing

A China-built rail link between Ethiopia and Djibouti opened in 2016. There are concerns about the size of Djibouti's debt to China.
A China-built rail link between Ethiopia and Djibouti opened in 2016. There are concerns about how deeply indebted Djibouti is to China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will focus on high-quality infrastructure investment in its aid to Africa, the country's foreign minister said Saturday, seeking to build its profile on the continent while distinguishing itself from China, whose massive contributions have stirred fears of debt traps.

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