Beijing continues to provide or renovate stadiums on the African continent. The goal is to win major contracts, obtain exploitative resources, and gain support in the United Nations.
A brand new Olympic Stadium suddenly made political history in Côte d’Ivoire. It is located in Ebimpé, north of Abidjan. It can accommodate 60,000 seats and is a modern building in the shape of a bird’s nest. The President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, renamed him after him and organized a ceremony there on March 17 to pay tribute to him. “Son”Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko died of cancer in Germany on March 10. Politicians marched on the lawn, and then African music stars sang the praises of the late head of government until the early hours of the morning.
For the “African gentlemen” in Beijing, this celebration is considered a diplomatic success.This “Alassane-Ouattara Stadium” It is China’s donation to Côte d’Ivoire, which will host the final stage of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) football game in 2023.
If Beijing still supports the construction of stadiums in Korhogo and San Pedro in the southwest at a price of nearly 200 million euros, Abidjan is a special place.Over the past four years, more than 1,500 Chinese and Ivorian workers have built this “A gem of friendly cooperation” In the words of the Chinese Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Wan Li, the project cost between the two countries is about 130 million euros.
“This is one of the greatest achievements in my country’s sports field”In the third month before the President of Côte d’Ivoire was re-elected, he welcomed the President of Côte d’Ivoire. He thanked the Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the construction site in October 2020. “This stadium is the largest and most fully equipped stadium that China has invested in and built in Africa.”.
As part of its “stadium diplomacy,” China has provided and refurbished nearly one hundred on the African continent in the past 50 years. The purpose is to consolidate bilateral relations, facilitate the conclusion of major contracts, enjoy the privilege of exploiting resources, and ensure that The voice and support of African “brothers” in the United Nations and other international institutions. China has become a major trading partner and creditor country on the African continent, and has been placed at the core of the “New Silk Road” project.
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