A construction worker walks on a scaffolding on a tunnel along the Nairobi-Thika highway project, under construction near Kenya's capital Nairobi, September, 2011. The road, which is being built by China Wuyi, Sinohydro and Shengeli Engineering Construction group, is funded by the Kenyan and Chinese government and the African Development Bank (AFDB). Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Chinese contractors walk past Congolese workers as they prepare to welcome a delegation from China Railways Engineering Company (CREC) in Kinshasa, March 29, 2010. CREC is involved in the construction of the capital's main road. Katrina Manson/Reuters
A man walks past a satellite dish station in El Sombrero, Venezuela, Oct. 28, 2008. The Venezuelan government said a satellite developed and launched in China for Venezuela will guarantee the South American country's autonomy in telecommunications. Chinese money is breathing life into government infrastructure projects that otherwise might have died for lack of financing. Howard Yanes/AP
Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete (l.) bids farewell to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (r.) as he prepares to depart from the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 25, 2013. Thomas Mukoya/AP
(L.-r.) Minister of Health of Cape Verde, Dra. Maria Cristina Lopez Almeida Fontes Lima, Fouad Mohadji, Vice President of the Comoros, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong meet before the opening of the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development in Beijing, China, Aug.16, 2013. Diego Azubel/AP
Emergency response workers stand at the Cienfuegos Oil Refinery southeast of Havana, February 7, 2013. Cuba is looking for someone to finance a $6 billion expansion of its largest refinery, in the city of Cienfuegos, amid uncertainties about China's role in the project and the future of its close ally and oil supplier Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Desmond Boylan/Reuters
Passengers leave the Once train station in old wagons that will be replaced by new Chinese versions, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 28, 2013. China has emerged in recent years as the largest provider of development loans to Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador, according to the Gallagher report. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Tanzanian entertainers perform as they bid farewell to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 25, 2013. China's new president told Africans he wanted a relationship of equals that would help the continent develop, responding to concerns that Beijing is only interested in shipping out its raw materials. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
A Malawian hawker sells food outside a Chinese owned shop in Salima, August 21, 2012. Echoing a grievance heard across the continent, traders complain of Chinese businessmen with far better access to cheap imports and deeper pockets that undercut local merchants. That sentiment is part of a grass-roots reaction to Beijing's growing clout in Africa. Ed Cropley/Reuters
Company executives look at thin-film solar panels developed by MiaSole before a press conference held at the headquarters of Hanergy Group in Beijing, China, Jan. 9, 2013. Hanergy Group, the Chinese company that bought MiaSole, a California producer of thin-film solar panels, said it can make a success of the emerging technology where others have suffered huge losses. Alexander F. Yuan/AP
Women perform a traditional Tibetan dance to celebrate the first flight of Tibet Airlines during the opening ceremony in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, July 26, 2011. The new airline for China's restive Tibet region is part of government plans to boost development and raise incomes in the remote area that chafes under Beijing's rule. Jue Guo/Xinhua/Reuters
A Laotian teacher instructs the first class on environmental studies at the transitional campus for Soochow University in Vientiane, Laos, Nov. 18, 2012. It is China’s first university campus abroad. Chinese education officials are promoting the notion of the country’s universities expanding overseas, tapping new education markets while extending the influence of their rising economic power. Chen Mei/AP
An aerial photo shows a Nexen oil sands facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. In December 2012, Canada approved China's biggest overseas energy acquisition, a $15.1 billion takeover by state-owned CNOOC of Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP
In Congo, Chinese are settling in with businesses and bargains that locals love. At one copper smelting plant, Chinese and locals work together but live apart.
ByJacob Kushner, Correspondent
Some 6,000 miles away from his home in China, Robin Wei awakes on a cot beneath a white mosquito net. He gets dressed, opens the door of his bunker, and walks out into the rainy season toward the factory where he works.