Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere discussed last month the role of the People's Republic of China in the construction of the Zambia sea railway which will link land-locked Zambia with the Tanzanian sea port of Dar Es Salaam.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: NYERERE: "The Chinese as you know are engaged on this major railway project and this by itself, actually, by itself, I think means that the others, put all the projects together, the Chinese involvement is much greater. And there are other projects in this country.
REPORTER: Can you be sure, Mr President, that military engineers and other technicians sent from China do not include experts in subversion, perhaps with a view to obtaining a strategic foothold in this part of Africa?
NYERERE: I can never be sure, how can one be sure? Whether it's Chinese who are training or it's Canadians who are training my military force, how can I be sure? I can only - you take a risk by the judgement of the attitudes of a nation. We have only to judge this nation by its attitudes to us.
REPORTER: But the risk in the case of the Chinese is rather a risk greater than the risk in the case of the Canadians, is it not?
NYERERE: I really don't know. Why - I don't know why it should be greater. It might be greater. If a country like Britain asks the Chinese to train their armed forces, it might be -- the risk might be greater. But I have to judge the Chinese and the Canadians in relation to us.
REPORTER: But it was a Chinaman who said that Africa was ripe for revolution, not a Canadian.
NYERERE: Yes, but I say Africa is ripe for revolution."
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Background: Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere discussed last month the role of the People's Republic of China in the construction of the Zambia sea railway which will link land-locked Zambia with the Tanzanian sea port of Dar Es Salaam. President Nyerere described the Chinese role in his county in an interview made in November in Dar Es Salaam.
The Chinese are providing aid and technical personnel on a massive scale to enable the 1,05??? mile (approx 1,700 kms) long railway to be built. Work on the line began in October of this year, as some 7,000 Tanzanian labourers and 5,000 Chinese started the ground-breaking operation. The GBP169 million Pound Sterling project represents the greatest overseas project ever undertaken by China.
In the interview, President Nyerere also discussed China's role in training Tanzania's army, a job held recently by the Canadians. He said that although he could not be certain that China was not sending "experts in subversion" to Tanzania along with military aid and technicians, he had to take a risk by judging the attitudes of a nation towards his own country.
The Tanzanian President also agreed with the statement that Africa was ripe for revolution.