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Chinese, Kenyan leaders vow to promote ties, cooperation

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05-11-2014 12:58 BJT

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, on the last leg of his four-nation tour of Africa. It’s his first visit to the continent since taking office in 2013. Premier Li and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have agreed to bring bilateral ties to a higher level. Li says there are many new development opportunities.

A warm welcome for China’s Premier in Kenya...

Along with his wife Cheng Hong, Li Keqiang was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret at the National Palace.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) holds talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, May 10, 2014. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) holds talks with Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta in Nairobi, Kenya, May 10, 2014. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

The leaders discussed advancing bilateral ties to a higher level.

Li said China and Kenya have traditionally enjoyed a good friendship, with relations developing in a sustained and stable manner.

And he expects enhanced cooperation in trade, investment, finance, agriculture, and environmental protection.

Kenyatta voiced appreciation for China’s contribution toward peace and development in Africa. He said Kenya wants to enhance strategic dialogue and boost all-around cooperation.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of cooperation deals on economy and technology, wildlife protection, public health, agriculture, husbandry and fishery, and finance.

At a joint press conference, Li called trade and investment the "cornerstone" of China-Kenya ties. He stressed China has never pursued surplus in its foreign trade.

The premier said China encourages competitive Chinese companies to invest more in Kenya’s manufacturing and construction sectors, and help Kenya improve product competitiveness in global markets.

Kenyatta said Kenya wishes to facilitate Chinese investment in the country, and expects closer cooperation.

Kenyatta called Premier Li’s Africa tour a milestone. It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the late Premier Zhou Enlai’s first visit to the continent.

Kenya is the last leg of Premier Li’s four-nation Africa tour, which has already taken him to Ethiopia, Nigeria and Angola.

 

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