Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka said the two sides were in talks to restructure loans that have “put serious stress on our repaying capability”. Photo: Simon Song

Ethiopia in talks with China to ease ‘serious debt pressure’ tied to New Silk Road rail link, envoy says

  • But Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka insists signing on to the Belt and Road Initiative ‘makes a lot of sense’
  • He rejects criticism that the plan is a ‘debt trap’ for developing economies
Topic |   China-Africa relations

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Ethiopian ambassador to China Teshome Toga Chanaka said the two sides were in talks to restructure loans that have “put serious stress on our repaying capability”. Photo: Simon Song
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Chinese President Xi Jinping began his six-day visit to Europe in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP

China’s Xi Jinping rolls out the big guns for his European ‘belt and road’ show

  • President’s team selection suggests he plans to put his infrastructure development programme front and centre during six-day trip to Italy, Monaco and France
  • Top diplomats will look to secure Rome’s support for plan, but things may not go so smoothly in Paris
Topic |   China-EU relations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping began his six-day visit to Europe in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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