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TV Special of CMG column ‘Voice’ celebrates UN Chinese Language Day

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A special program of the TV column “Voice” aired on China Media Group (CMG)’s CCTV-1 Channel and the video platform Yangshipin to mark the United Nations Chinese Language Day on Wednesday. An activity with the theme “Glamorous Chinese” began at the same time. 

“An Interesting Chinese Language Class” invited Chinese language experts to share insights and experiences with 100 Chinese learning enthusiasts from 42 countries online, focusing on the diversity of language and the current situation and prospects of international Chinese education. The program showcases the charm of the Chinese language and the benefits of cultural exchanges. 
The UN Chinese Language Day special was initiated by the CMG International Communication Planning Bureau and co-produced by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation and the Chinese Plus website – the world’s largest international Chinese education network platform. 

The “Glamorous Chinese” event will promote CMG quality cultural programs online, such as “Meet the Chinese Characters,” “My Stories of Chinese Characters,” “Chinese New Year Picture,” “China in Letters” and “Poetry Sans Frontiers.” The programs will also be on TV and social media overseas.

UN Chinese Language Day has been observed annually since 2010 as part of an initiative to raise awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six official languages of the world body. The day falls on April 20 in remembrance of the legendary figure Cangjie, who invented Chinese characters in ancient times.

(Cover image: A poster of China Media Group’s special program on United Nations Chinese Language Day. /CMG

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Nairobi tollway an example of China’s new belt and road financing approach in Africa

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The expressway opening in Kenya’s capital is part of a shift by China’s Belt and Road Initiative away from debt financing towards public-private partnerships

Chinese lenders have become more cautious in financing infrastructure projects on the continent, concerned about borrowers’ ability to repay loans

The Nairobi expressway was commissioned to the public on a trial basis on Saturday, and motorists will be allowed to use it for the next three weeks before its official launch.

So far 11,000 vehicles have registered to use the road. Kenyans have expressed their joy over the reduced traffic time they’ll spend when using the 27 kilometre highway.

As a Chinese-built and financed tollway opens in Kenyan capital Nairobi, its most remarkable feature may be that it is an example of Beijing’s attempt to retool the financing behind its Belt and Road Initiative in Africa.
The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) built the 27.1km (16.8 miles) Nairobi Expressway linking the country’s main airport and the capital. The US$668 million projectwas financed by the state-owned China Communications Construction Company, CRBC’s parent company.

A CRBC subsidiary, Moja Expressway, will operate the road for 27 years to recoup the investment through toll fees.
In all, the road marks a gradual shift in the belt and road strategy, from public debt finance to a new method of funding for infrastructure like roads and power plants in Africa: public-private partnerships (PPP).

Under the PPP model, Chinese private companies can lower the risks to repayment and help African governments reduce their loans and budget deficits, observers say.

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