Mar. 31 - Chinese president Xi Jinping opens a Beijing-funded hospital and library in Congo as he wraps up a tour of Africa. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up the final leg of his six-day tour of Africa in the Republic of Congo with the opening of a local Chinese-funded hospital and library on Saturday (March 30). Footage broadcast by Chinese state television, CCTV showed crowds greeting Xi and Congo's President Denis Sassou N'Guesso as they arrived for the opening ceremony of the China-Congo Friendship Hospital, which was recently constructed with mostly Chinese funds. China is offering 20 billion U.S. dollars in loans to Africa between 2013 and 2015, and many governments welcome Beijing's growing business-focused presence on the continent as a welcome alternative to Western influence.