Four years and some hundreds of billions of dollars later, China’s ambitious global trading strategy known as the “Maritime Silk Road” or “One Belt, One Road“ is now coming to life, particularly in parts of East Africa where major infrastructure and defense projects are being built. New ports in Tanzania, rail lines in Kenya,naval facilities in Djibouti and industrial zones along the Suez Canal in Egypt are all intended to support this massive new trade network that President Xi Jinping hopes will become a key pillar of his foreign policy agenda.
With the first phase of construction nearing completion in East Africa, focus is now shifting to the next stage where Chinese planners are reportedly expanding the trading route inland into Central Africa. This is prompting intense new lobbying battles among African countries to win Beijing’s favor and the billions of dollars of badly-needed infrastructure investment that come with being a node on the “One Belt, One Road” network.
THE WORLD POST: China’s Ambitious Plan For A New Silk Road Takes Shape In Africa
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