China Steps up Drive to Integrate Africa into Silk Road

Billion Dollar Fund For China's Maritime Silk Road
  • Standard gauge rail construction linking Nairobi­ Mambasa by China connects the Eastern Africa with Indian Ocean making it strategically important and eventually linking capitals of Uganda, Rwanda and S.Sudan.
  • China also developing airports, railroads and highways.
  • Developing 12 deep sea ports along coastline of Gabon, Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia.
  • Serves to transport raw materials from Africa to Asia and finished goods to Africa.
  • Thailand’s Kyaukphyu port development serves china to bypass Malacca strait in transportation and also helps export Thai’s rice to Africa.

Exams Perspective:

  1. What is Maritime Silk Road?