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The Weekly Global Roundup: Africa’s First Electric Railway – With China’s Help (February 6 to 11, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_pictrure_780x520_/public/articles/2017/02/09/ST_20170209_EAAFRICA09_2928283.jpg?itok=YobQIk-v.

Africa’s First Electric Railway.

February 6 to 11, 2017

In contrast to President Donald Trump’s loud and abrasive approach to diplomacy – amplified by Twitter and the allure of sensationalism to news outlets – China’s embrace of globalisation and its complementary predilection for quiet diplomacy has changed the complexion of the global world order. In the past week, for instance, Africa started service on its first electric, transnational train, made possible by Chinese financing and Chinese engineers. In the even broader picture, China has steadily increased its footprint in the African region: spending billions of investment dollars on new infrastructure, surpassing the United States in 2009 to be the region’s biggest trading partner, as well as providing African countries with training in the technical, engineering, and operational responsibilities. And if Mr. Trump holds steadfast his promises of protectionism, in the years to come, China’s partnership with Africa will only strengthen.

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