Silk Road to the Sahel

Silk Road to the Sahel: African ambitions in China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Yunnan Chen
CARI / Policy Brief, n° 23, Août 2018

This paper by Yunnan Chen explores the Belt and Road Initiative, which has become a centerpiece of China’s foreign economic policy. While primarily focused on the Eurasian region, the BRI has salient implications for African development and regional integration, accelerating existing infrastructure and industrial cooperation and contributing to African industrialization strategies. However, rapid expansion of infrastructure lending also brings risks in its debt burdens, sustainability impacts, and economic viability.

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