Monday, 14 May 2007

The Chinese.

The Chinese are here in increasing numbers, and they are in the process of investing tens of millions of dollars. They are building a massive new embassy, and have renovated the national football stadium. They are in the process of surveying the country's major roads with a view to developing them into 4-lane highways, so that the iron-ore mines can reopen and transport their ore to the ports. And they are rumoured to be contemplating rebuilding Monrovia's old bridge that collapsed late in 2006, and the hydro-electric power plant, that was destroyed by Charles Taylor's rebel army in 1990. They also provide the UN with soldiers and trucks, who transport thousands of tons of food and supplies for the UN and NGOs here for free. Ironically, the Beijing Chinese Restaurant has just closed due to lack of customers. Olly

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