Los Angeles Times
This article gives a concise summary of China’s strategic investments in Africa and its information campaign in support of those investments. It also has a new military base in Djibouti.
Los Angeles Times:
Africa’s past is the mildewed train station in central Addis Ababa, where locomotives sit gutted and rusted tracks vanish in the grass. The line was once the greatest in Africa; built by France in the 1910s, it ran more than 450 miles northeast to neighboring Djibouti, where the desert meets the sea.
Africa’s future is the new station a short drive away, a yellow-and-white edifice with grand pilasters, arched windows and a broad flagstone square. It’s connected to a $4-billion, 470-mile-long rail line, the first electrified cross-border rail system in Africa.
The new rail network was built by China’s state-owned rail and construction firms, which were eager to promote their investment in Africa’s future. Red banners running down the towering facade of the new train station declare, in bold Chinese characters, “Long live Sino-African friendship.”
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia (ET) is estimated to have a population of 101.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 2.5% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 13.4 million.