NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
China and Kenya agreed to enhance
pragmatic cooperation and further promote bilateral ties as
China’s top political advisor Wang Yang visited the eastern
African country from Saturday to Tuesday.
meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, Wang,
chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s
Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), hailed the robust
development of bilateral ties.
He said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kenyatta lifted the
China-Kenya ties to comprehensive strategic partnership of
cooperation in May 2017, blueprinting a bright future for
Calling China-Kenya cooperation "a good example" of
China-Africa cooperation, Wang said he has fully felt the vigor
and vitality of Kenya’s economic and social development and the
strong momentum of China-Kenya cooperation during the visit.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic ties between China and Kenya.
Wang called on both countries to further deepen political
mutual trust and enhance synergy of their development
He also called on the two countries to provide firmer support
to each other on issues concerning their core interests and
major concerns, promote high-level cooperation in more areas and
intensify coordination on international and regional affairs.
Wang said new measures leading China-Africa cooperation in
the new era will be announced during the Beijing summit of the
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in September to boost
China-Africa win-win cooperation.
He extended welcome to Kenyatta for the attendance of the
Hailing the solid political mutual trust and win-win
cooperation between the two countries, Kenyatta said Kenya has
actively participated in the Belt and Road Initiative and gained
Kenya firmly supports China in hosting a successful FOCAC
summit, said Kenyatta, adding that his country stands ready to
strengthen exchange of high-level visits and dovetail
He said Kenya welcomes China to expand cooperation in areas
including investment, economy and trade and tourism so as to
develop an even stronger comprehensive strategic partnership of
cooperation with China.
During his talks with Justin Muturi, speaker of the National
Assembly of Kenya, Wang expressed his appreciation to Muturi for
inviting the CPPCC delegation.
Wang said Kenya is an important stop of his current
three-nation African tour, which has taken him to the Republic
of Congo and Uganda.
The aim of his visit to Kenya is to well implement the
important consensus reached by Xi and Kenyatta, and strengthen
interactions between the CPPCC and relevant bodies of Kenya,
He introduced the multi-party cooperation and political
consultation under the leadership of the Communist Party of
China (CPC), expecting the CPPCC and the National Assembly of
Kenya to give full play to each other’s advantages in order to
promote bilateral economic cooperation and people-to-people
Muturi said the National Assembly of Kenya staunchly supports
the two countries in developing pragmatic cooperation on an
Noting that every country has the right to choose its own
political system and development path, he said Kenya and China
have always respected each other’s choices and been real good
friends and partners.
The National Assembly of Kenya stands ready to strengthen
exchange of visits with China’s National People’s Congress and
the CPPCC and help to complement and boost bilateral ties,
During his meeting with Kenya’s Senate Speaker Kenneth
Lusaka, Wang said the CPC and the ruling Jubilee Party of Kenya
have both made bright plans for the two countries’ development
and shouldered historical responsibilities to develop national
economies, improve people’s livelihood and wipe out poverty.
He called on both parties to boost exchange of experience on
party-building to improve internal cohesion and capabilities.
The CPPCC is willing to work with the Senate of Kenya to
promote economic, cultural and local exchanges in the hope of
consolidating the social and public will’s foundation of
China-Kenya friendship, Wang said.
Lusaka spoke highly of the unique role that the CPPCC has
played in advancing the Kenya-China and Africa-China
The Jubilee Party of Kenya would like to learn from the
experience of the CPC and promote its governing and leadership,
During his four-day stay in Kenya, Wang visited the Nairobi
Terminus of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
connecting Kenya’s port city of Mombasa and its capital Nairobi.
Wang also visited the Maramba tea factory and the first
Sino-African Joint Research Center, and met with representatives
of Chinese enterprises and media outlets in Kenya.
Kenya is the last stop of Wang’s 10-day African tour starting
on June 11.
collaboration with China to preserve cultural, natural
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday hailed a robust collaboration
with China to promote the preservation of the East African
nation’s cultural and natural heritage.
Hassan Noor Hassan, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) at
the Ministry of Sports and Heritage, said Nairobi is already
benefiting from the partnership with China to help conserve the
country’s rich culture and biodiversity.
"Our scientists have been receiving support through academic
exchange programs that have enabled them to acquire PhD
scholarships in Chinese universities on areas of biodiversity
conservation," Hassan told Xinhua in Nairobi.
He noted that the cultural exchange with the Chinese people
has grown to greater heights through the International Cultural
Festival that has been organized by the National Museum of Kenya
"The Chinese culture has been with us since the days of the
Ming Dynasty in the coastal town of Lamu," said Hassan.
"The Sino-Kenya cultural cooperation has improved lately as
demonstrated by exchange visits that has enabled people from the
two countries to visit and see artifacts, arts and way of life
of different communities," Hassan said.
Emma Mbua, the principal research scientist of human origins
at National Museums of Kenya (NMK), noted that Kenya has been
exploring areas of cooperation for increased partnership between
different museums of China and the country.
"We are working together by strengthening our human resources
in acquiring skills in better management of our biodiversity,"
Kenya recently launched an open digital library for
indigenous games funded by Chinese firm Tencent.
The digitization of traditional games is part of a broader
strategy to preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage and
disseminate it to future generations in an efficient way.
The partnership is helping reverse the loss of valuable
information on traditional games that have been part of Kenya’s