Published 6:12 AM ET, Mon January 6, 2014
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A construction worker walks through the dilapidated rails in Nairobi. Work has just begun on a new standard-gauge line between Nairobi and Mombasa. It's being funded by China, just one of numerous Chinese infrastructure projects in Africa SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images
A Chinese company has won the tender to build the first berths at Kenya's ambitious port project in Lamu. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
Workers on the assembly line at the Huajian shoe factory in Dukem, Ethiopia. Chinese company Huajian is one of the factories operating in the Chinese-built Eastern Industry Zone -- Ethiopia's first industrial park. JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/Getty Images
Men work at a construction site for a new Chinese-built railway in Ethiopia in 2013. The railway will connect Addis Ababa to Djibouti's Red Sea Port at a cost of up to $2.8 billion. The new train line will be used for freight and passenger transport. JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/Getty Images
Workers for the Chinese company Sinohydro work on the renovation of the port area in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. JUNIOR D.KANNAH/AFP/Getty Images
View of the construction site of an ultra modern bridge being built by a Chinese company in Dar es Salaam on March 23, 2013. The bridge will have a total length of 680 meters. JOHN LUKUWI/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese president Xi Jinping hands over the symbolic golden key to Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete. The China National Petroleum Company is currently installing a 330-mile natural gas pipeline in Tanzania. JOHN LUKUWI/AFP/Getty Images
Construction of the hydroelectric dam in Poubara, Gabon, was completed in July 2013. The contract was worth around $400 million and 75% of the funding came from China. Steve Jordan/AFP/GettyImages