Beijing believes growing trade between China and Europe will transform the Port of Piraeus in Greece. Photo: Xinhua

China seeks to prove critics wrong with star belt and road projects

  • Report highlights ports and railways that Beijing hopes will yield fast, positive results for local communities and investors
  • They include ports in Pakistan and Greece – both of which have been criticised as ‘vanity projects’ – and the China Railway Express
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Beijing believes growing trade between China and Europe will transform the Port of Piraeus in Greece. Photo: Xinhua
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Djibouti helps China juggle commercial and military objectives along the belt and road. Photo: Reuters

How the tiny African nation of Djibouti became the linchpin in China’s belt and road plan

  • Ideally situated with good harbours, this remote country is helping China protect its growing interests as the vast infrastructure strategy takes hold.
  • It is located at the gateway of the Suez Canal, through which 10 per cent of the world’s oil exports and 20 per cent of all commercial goods travel.
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Djibouti helps China juggle commercial and military objectives along the belt and road. Photo: Reuters
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