China signs more high speed rail deals for Africa and is in talks for Asian projects

China has signed a deal to build a 480km 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.

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.

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.

SOURCE – WantChina Times

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