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Tunisia Inaugurates Chinese-Built Diplomatic Academy, Boosting Beijing’s ‘Building Diplomacy’

Exterior of the new Chinese-financed and built diplomatic training academy in Tunisia. Image via Xinhua.

China’s construction of government buildings in Africa isn’t slowing, even as it cuts back on other large-scale infrastructure projects. Tunisia recently became the newest example, with the inauguration of its new Chinese-built Tunisian Diplomatic Academy. The building, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp., will be used for the training of Tunisian diplomats. 

This is part of a trend of China-aided infrastructure for African governments and political parties. Over the last few months, we’ve seen the opening of a Chinese-built party leadership school, based on CPC training facilities, opening in Tanzania. Zimbabwe’s Chinese-funded parliament building is nearing completion, and the Ghanaian government signed a deal for a new Foreign Ministry annex last year.

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