Competing via infrastructure: China and the G7

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Geopolitics Competing via infrastructure: China and the G7

This week on The Sound Kitchen you'll hear the answer to the question about the G7's PPII project. There's the Bonus Question, “Listeners Corner”, and “Music from Erwan”. All that, and the new quiz question, too. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy! 

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This week's quiz: On 2 July, I asked you a question about the Group of 7 (G7) who met in Germany earlier that week. Attended by the heads of state of its members Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US – as well as Ursula von der Leyen for the European Union - a proposed initiative from their last meeting came back to the table. Called the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, or the PPII, the seven want to fund infrastructure projects in middle and low-income countries, to counterbalance China's infrastructure projects in these same countries, known as “Belt and Road”.  

In our article, “G7 aims to raise $600 billion to counter China's Belt and Road”, we gave you a few examples of the projects the PPII plan to take on. I asked you to send me the names of the five examples of PPII projects we wrote about.

The answer is: “Flagship projects include a $2 billion solar farm project in Angola, a vaccine manufacturing facility at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal, and a 1069-kilometre submarine telecommunications cable connecting Singapore to France via Egypt and the Horn of Africa.

$320 million has been earmarked for hospital construction in Cote d'Ivoire, and $40 million for Southeast Asia's Smart Power Program to decarbonise and strengthen their power system.”

In addition to the quiz question, there was the Bonus Question: “Where is your safest place in the world?”

The winners are: A. K. M. Nuruzzaman, the president of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. A. K. M. Nuruzzaman is also the winner of the Bonus Question – the village where he was born is his safest place.

The other winners this week are RFI Listeners Club members Timothy Ofori from Kumasi, Ghana; Atikul Islam from Kishoreganj, Bangladesh – Atikul is also the president of the Narshunda Radio Listeners Family - and Rachid Dahmani from M'sila, Algeria.

Last but certainly not least, there's RFI English listener Pradip Basak from West Bengal, India.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Vavavoum”, written by Romane Rosenbaum and Stochelo and performed by the two composers with Marc-Michel Le Bévillon; “Presto, quanto si possible” by Antonio Scarlatti, arranged by Fred Hemke for the Chicago Saxophone Quartet; “Rainy Days” by Nicodrum, M. Bost, J. Dessus, and J. Zaccardelli and performed by Nicodrum and Friends; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “The Cakewalk” from Children's Corner by Claude Debussy, performed by the composer, and “Juégala” by César "Pupy" Pedroso, performed by Pupy y Los Que Son Son.

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This week's question ... You have to listen to the show to participate. After you've listened to the show, refer to Michael Fitzpatrick's article “After angry debate, French parliament agrees spending power budget changes”.

You have until 12 September to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 17 September podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
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