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Chinese premier pledges 'no strings' support for pan-African rail network
May 8, 2014 / 10:49 AM / 4 years ago

Chinese premier pledges 'no strings' support for pan-African rail network

ABUJA (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged “no strings” support for an African plan to develop a continent-wide high speed rail network, and said China has set aside $2 billion for an African Development Fund.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa event in Abuja May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

China would also support Africa’s plans to boost its aviation and telecoms sectors.

“All China’s support for Africa will come with no political strings attached,” Li said. “We will not interfere with Africa’s internal affairs or ask something impossible of Africa.”

Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by John Stonestreet

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