In Ethiopia, the Silk Road Fund and the US-DFC are backing competiting projects in the newly open telecom sector.
The recent blockade of the Suez Canal shows how important the construction of alternative roads with China’s Belt and Road Initiative is.
In January 2021, during Wang Yi’s African tour, Botswana and DR Congo joined the Belt and Road Initiative to develop more ties with China.
On December 9, 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with French President on the phone to increase cooperation between China and France.
The implementation of the BRI in Kenya has been facing some obstacles. However, Kenya and China share many interests in jointly developing this initiative.
China and Africa need to continue to dialogue and thus ensure greater entente between Africans and Chinese, in order to avoid misunderstandings.
The EU Africa strategy may be an opportunity for trilateral cooperation with China as argued by China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang.
With the BRI, Chinese is now an attractive language for students all around the world, but China is also learning many local languages.
On July 25, 2019, was held in Bamako a ceremony for Mali’s accession to the BRI in presence of Foreign Minister Tiébilé Dramé and Ambassador Zhu Liying.
Book review: Kashmeri, Sarwar, A. (2019), China’s Grand Strategy ; Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy, Santa Barbara, Ca : Praeger, ABC-Clio.