Kenya opens 300-mile railway, with China’s help – China’s latest political and current affairs news


A summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for June 1, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "China confirms commitment to Paris deal as Trump withdraws."

The state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation just completed a two-and-a-half-year, $3.8 billion railway project in Kenya, Newsweek reports. The 298-mile Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is the country’s largest infrastructure project since it gained independence from Britain in 1964, and the largest Chinese-funded infrastructure project in Africa so far outside of the $4.2 billion, 470-mile railway that connects Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The Kenyan line is “planned to extend westward from Kenya and into Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, and northward into South Sudan and Ethiopia.” The Ethiopia-Djibouti line, meanwhile, sparked widespread expectations of a “trans-African railway project” connecting eastern Africa to the Atlantic Ocean when it made its inaugural journey in January 2017. For more on Chinese-funded railways in Africa, see this piece on CNN.