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China-aided trans-Africa railway line likely to transform regional trade

DALIAN, China -- A century old British dream of building a transcontinental railway connecting the Atlantic and Indian oceans is becoming a reality with Chinese financing. Cutting through the belly of Angola, passing through the copper belt of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, then finally reaching a massive hub port being built in Tanzania, the proposed railway has the potential to integreate countries that until now were divided by a language barrier left by the British, the French and the Portugese. 

     By upgrading and linking railways built by the former colonial powers, the transcontinental railway will represent a major landmark in China's investment and development assistance in Africa.     

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