China Eyes Water Sector as Part of Africa Strategy

14 Jan 2007 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
lusaKa, Zambia

— When African heads of state met in Beijing in November in a much-publicized effort by the Chinese government to strengthen ties in Africa, water was high on the agenda. It's no wonder — China has been upgrading the water systems in Zambia's urban centers of Lusaka and Ndola, drilling boreholes in Nigeria and swapping ideas about water management and dam-building with South Africa. Indeed, China has become a growing presence in the water sector throughout Africa, part of the Asian giant's broader economic and political incursion into Africa. As it seeks resources like oil and copper for its rapidly growing economy back home, as well as political influence in nations often neglected by Western powers, China has also been plowing money into infrastructure-related aid and investment schemes in African countries...

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