China expands African reach as Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau join belt and road ahead of key regional forum

Eritrea and Guinea-Bissau have joined the Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s pet trade and infrastructure development plan, ahead of a key Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting starting on Monday.Eritrea’s cooperation is expected to cement China’s foothold in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, where Beijing has vast interests, ranging from a military base to mega infrastructure projects such as ports and railways.With Guinea-Bissau joining, Beijing would be able to…


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