Why China-built electric railway linking landlocked Ethiopia to sea matters to Beijing and Africa

A US$3.4 billion electrified railway line built by China was officially launched on Tuesday to link the Horn of Africa to its inland countries.
The line connects the strategic Red Sea port of Djibouti and Addis Ababa, the capital of landlocked Ethiopia, the fastest growing economy in Africa.
All aboard for Africa’s heartland – on a train built in China
Trial services began last October and regular services transporting goods and passengers are expected to begin early this year.


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