China Begins African Ports Takeover


China is targeting Kenya’s ports of Mombasa and Lamu in expanding its global influence through trade and connectivity, in conjunction with its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, according to the Daily Nation.

Michael Kinyanjui, Kenya’s Ambassador to Beijing, said: “It is an important initiative that we could tap into. But first, we will have to assess it, domesticate it, and hopefully make our people see its value. “If it works as planned, it could be very beneficial.

Mr Qian Keming, Chinese Vice-Minister for Commerce, said: “This is a common opportunity for all of us. Trading will be very critical, and we insist on going global while building resources from within.

“We have to talk with our partners to unleash the spirit of competitiveness. We have to consider the benefits as well as the interests of different countries.”

The Silk Road initiative is the brainchild of President Xi Jingping which aims to create China-centric networks as a way of expanding its political and economic influence globally.

China has so far planned to invest as much as $900 billion in infrastructure, which would go to aspects of trade that include pipelines, roads, railways and sea ports.

In a previous article by PTI, the scale of China’s global strategy was revealed and include the acquisition of maritime hubs, as well as key trading links that include the HKND-backed Nicaragua Canal.

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