China’s Belt and Road came at ‘right time’ for Africa, says AU official

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ISTANBUL — China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) came at the “right time” for boosting Africa’s development, a top African Union (AU) official told Nikkei Asia, as he played down concerns that it was a debt trap for poor countries.

Last week, Beijing said it would ramp up the decade-old infrastructure drive to build ports, roads and railways by pushing into the digital realm, as the multibillion-dollar program becomes China’s key foreign policy tool for influence in developing nations.

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