China’s One Belt One Road Stretches to Africa


Trial services on the railway line began last October and regular services transporting goods and passengers are expected to begin early this year. Photo: Xinhua

Trial services on the railway line began last October and regular services transporting goods and passengers are expected to begin early this year. Photo: Xinhua

In its report titled “Why China-built electric railway linking landlocked Ethiopia to sea matters to Beijing and Africa”, SCMP says, “A US$3.4 billion electrified railway line built by China was officially launched on Tuesday to link the Horn of Africa to its inland countries.

“The line connects the strategic Red Sea port of Djibouti and Addis Ababa, the capital of landlocked Ethiopia, the fastest growing economy in Africa.”

This railway will connect China with landlocked African countries, a much longer stretch of China’s Silk Road.

It seems Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Chinese dream of Silk Road economic belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road (One Belt, One Road) will soon come true.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2061124/why-china-built-electric-railway-linking-landlocked?spm=0.0.0.0.cn2buE.

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