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Kenya's $4 Billion Chinese Built Railway Inaugurated

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#1 jis



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Posted 04 July 2018 - 04:19 PM




Kenya has just opened its largest infrastructure project in over 50 years—with a little help from some Chinese friends.


Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan president, announced Wednesday the completion of the first stage of a major railway connecting the capital Nairobi and the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa.


The line marks Kenya’s largest infrastructure project since independence from British colonialists in 1964. It is also part of a wider project that shows the depth of Chinese investment and influence in Africa, at a time when the United States appears to be losing its sway on the continent.


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Posted 04 July 2018 - 06:14 PM

No doubt, this railway will benefit China more than Kenya. The former colonial powers, such as the UK, built railways mostly to exploit raw materials and to move troops around quickly.


It seems that in Africa, modern exploiters can get the raw materials by "gifts and loans" rather than through military might.


In other parts of the world, access to their raw materials, oil, etc is still achieved by coercion, sometimes passed off as "ousting regimes"...



Edited by caravanman, 04 July 2018 - 06:15 PM.

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 01:07 AM

See?   Maybe having the Chinese invest in Amtrak is not such a bad idea.... :giggle:


okay on the blue!

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