Date
21 September 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inspect a light rail project in Addis Ababa on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inspect a light rail project in Addis Ababa on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li offers high-speed rail technology to Africa

Premier Li Keqiang on Monday offered to help Africa in the development of its railway systems, saying China has a rich experience and has earned world-class reputation in the field, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

During his visit to Ethiopia, Li said China can help set up a high-speed rail research center in the continent.

At an exhibition of China’s accomplishments in railways and aviation in the capital, Addis Ababa, Li told Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dasalegn that Chinese-made trains have no problem crossing areas with adverse geographical conditions, such as the route linking Qinghai and Tibet, adding that the Chinese government is more than happy to share its technologies and management experience with African countries.

Dasalegn, for his part, said the African Union, along with his country, is keen to enhance cooperation with China in railway and aviation development.

Li also visited a Chinese-funded industrial park in Ethiopia. 19 firms are now operating in the park, creating jobs for the country.

On Monday China and the African Union issued a joint statement pledging to deepen bilateral cooperation, particularly by helping more African people to get out of poverty and strengthening partnership in infrastructure construction, including transport, telecommunications, water, power and energy. China also agreed to help build a general service center at the union’s headquarters.

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