Will Kenya fall into China’s “Debt Trap”?

6th August 2019 | Reading Time: 5 minutes   226 Views
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Kenya is among the African nations that China has had a growing influence in since the turn of the millennium. China has spent billions of dollars in Africa over the past few decades. Majority of its investments in Kenya go to infrastructure development, much like what China has been doing in the rest of Africa, as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, an estimated one trillion dollar plan to connect the country to trade routes all over the world.

History

China-Kenya relations date back to December 1963, when Kenya gained independence from British colonial rule. The alliance between the two nations started gaining momentum in the past couple of decades as China boosted investments aimed at infrastructure development in developing countries around the globe. It was the election of Mwai Kibaki as President of Kenya in 2002 that paved the way for a new era of Chinese investments in the country.

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