All aboard! The Chinese-funded railways linking East Africa

Near Africa's horn on the easternmost part of the continent, a shiny new electric railway runs alongside an old abandoned track through both arid desert and green highlands. Some 750 kilometres (466 miles) long, the $4 billion line connects landlocked Ethiopia to the Red Sea coast in Djibouti. Like a number of other planned lines, it was partly funded and built by Chinese companies.

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