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Ethiopia-Djibouti railway — the Tazara railway in a new era

Updated: Oct 5,2016 2:02 PM     Xinhua

A train runs on the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway during an operational test near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Oct 3, 2016. Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational on Oct 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

ADDIS ABABA — African people cherish a dream that one day the capitals of all African countries will be linked by high-speed railways, Chairperson of African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma once said.

Perhaps, the African people have never come closer in their endeavor towards making the dream a reality.

On Oct 5, Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational.

With the inception of what has been hailed as the “Tazara railway in a new era”, a new chapter will be turned over in Africa’s railway history, while a new milestone will be set up in China-Africa traditional friendship.

Picture taken on Oct 3, 2016 shows part of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational on Oct 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train runs on the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway during an operational test near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Oct 3, 2016. Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational on Oct 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

Drivers Liu Ji (L) and Zhang Shuqiang drive a test train on the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway during an operational test near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Oct 3, 2016. Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational on Oct 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

A train runs on the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway during an operational test near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Oct 3, 2016. Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational on Oct 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

A train runs on the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway during an operational test near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Oct 3, 2016. Africa’s first modern electrified railway — the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway built by Chinese firms, is set to become fully operational on Oct 5.[Photo/Xinhua]

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