Sino-African ties look bright as trade heads toward $200b

Chinese relations with Africa are set to grow next year, with both sides considering upgrading a ministerial-level forum to a leadership summit, a senior Foreign Ministry official said.

Lin Songtian, director-general of the Department of African Affairs, told China Daily on Wednesday that the past year has seen relations develop rapidly.

Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang visited Africa in 2014, and 13 African leaders came to China.

Sino-African trade was $180.6 billion from January through October 2014, a 4.5 percent increase compared with the same period last year, Lin said, as he predicted that the figure will pass $200 billion for the entire year.

Infrastructure has played a key role in relations. The November agreement to create a 1,402 km coastal railway in Nigeria is China’s single largest overseas project.

Meanwhile, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway in Kenya and the Addis Ababa-Djibouti rail projects in East Africa are progressing smoothly.With the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ministerial conference to be held in South Africa in 2015, more infrastructure projects are around the corner, Lin said.Lin said China will get actively involved in highway, railway, telecommunications, […]

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