All the six African countries bonded by China’s high-speed rail dream
बीजिंग Beijing: China has signed a deal to build a 480 km railway link between Kenya’s largest seaport of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi — the first stage of a line that will eventually link Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan, reports the Beijing News.
The railway, built at a cost of US$3.8 billion, is the first to be built in Kenya in a century and will be designed with a transportation capacity of 25 million metric tons, based on China’s rail standards.
The cooperation between China, Kenya and other African countries represents the reciprocity between developing countries and mutual assistance between China and its friends, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said on Jan. 10 in Kenya on the first stop of an Africa tour.
The agreement was signed when Premier Li Keqiang visited Kenya in May 2014. and marks a stride by China toward helping to build a high-speed railway that could link all the capitals of the six countries.
China is in talks with other countries concerning the construction of 20 high-speed rail projects. Under the “one belt, one road” initiative, referring to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road trade route initiatives, China will build a complex network of high-speed rail passing through the whole of Asia.
China has made no secret of its desire to export its high-speed rail technology abroad after building the world’s largest network — over 12,000 kilometers — in just seven years.
The country has been actively marketing its high-speed railway design around the world over the past five years. Premier Li — dubbed by local media as China’s high-speed rail salesman — has led a drive to promote its technology in Thailand, Britain, Russia and India.