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BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. XINHUA PHOTO - JU PENG

China President Xi Jinping meets in Beijing
with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

This was the third meeting between the two leaders in less than a year, which Xi said underscored the strategic and high-level relations between China and Kenya.

Xi said China appreciates Kenyatta’s public refutation of groundless accusations on China-Kenya and China-Africa cooperation on many occasions.

China is willing to work with Kenya to maintain the good momentum of cooperation in various areas between the two countries as well as between China and Africa by jointly building the Belt and Road and by implementing the outcomes achieved at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, he said.

Efforts will be made to strengthen connectivity of their development strategies, leverage the economic and social benefits of major projects such as railways, and encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Kenya, according to Xi.

The two countries will maintain communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, he added.

Kenyatta expressed his warm congratulations on the great achievements the People’s Republic of China has made since its founding 70 years ago, with over 700 million people lifted out of poverty in particular.

  China President Xi Jinping meets in Beijing with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta | Coastweek

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping [right] meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is here to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2019. XINHUA PHOTO - LI TAO
The Belt and Road Initiative enables different countries to build closer trade connections and partnerships, earning wide recognition from the international community and driving connectivity and industrialization for African countries, he said.

Kenya is willing to deepen cooperation with China on fields such as infrastructure development to promote the initiative further to the central and western African regions, according to Kenyatta.

Kenya appreciates China’s important role in promoting the regional peace reconstruction in Africa, and hopes to strengthen communication and coordination with China on regional and multilateral affairs, he added.

The two presidents witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after the meeting.


Kenya reaping fruits of Belt and Road Initiative: expert Jeanne Ongiyo

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has unleashed benefits to the Kenyan economy through development of modern infrastructure and opening up of the country’s hinterland, an expert has said.

Jeanne Ongiyo, a press and public relations officer with China Communications Construction Company, said the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project has created positive impacts in Kenya.

"For Kenya, the fruits of BRI have already seen the light of day through the standard gauge railway, which is currently operational and on its second phase of construction," Ongiyo said in a commentary published by the Star newspaper on Friday.

She said that the 480 km Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi SGR project has not only revolutionized transport and commerce but also stimulated investments in rural towns along its corridor.

"This is the first project of its kind in more than 100 years that has been able to connect and devolve the transport industry while at the same time boosting tourism and the growth of towns," said Ongiyo.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is among leaders attending the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Ongiyo said that Kenya is well placed to learn from other countries that have rallied behind the Belt and Road Initiative to achieve holistic development.

She hailed China’s Three Gorges Dam that is expected to provide adequate water to cater for food and energy production in the world’s second largest economy.

"If Kenya chooses to embark on a similar dam project, once successful, the country will not only be able to support agriculture by providing constant food supply for the more than 40 million Kenyans, but also provide an alternative to the shortage of power supply," said Ongiyo.

She said that Kenya can leverage its abundant resources and modern infrastructure projects to stimulate economic growth.

Kenyan leader President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mauritius to shore up bilateral ties

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday arrived in Port Louis, capital city of Mauritius, for a four-day state visit in an effort to boost bilateral ties, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kenyatta’s visit to Mauritius is largely aimed at boosting the economic, cultural and social ties between the two nations, the statement said.

During his visit, Kenyatta will attend a business forum organized by the Economic Development Board Mauritius in collaboration with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and the Kenya Investment Authority, which will be used to showcase trade and investment opportunities in Mauritius and Kenya.


China pillages Africa’s resources? Pure myth!

by Xinhua writer Jiang Li BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- People in Chad, an oil-rich African country, used to rely on importing gasolines to power their cars. It has all changed after China’s funding and know-how arrived in 2007.

The Ndjamena refinery, a China-Chad joint venture, sits about 40 minutes drive north of the African country’s capital Ndjamena. Its one-million-ton output may not be very impressive, yet, the Chadians are now self-sufficient in petroleum products.

The refinery is just one of the many examples of China’s mutually beneficial energy cooperation with African countries.

However, it seems that some Western skeptics have chosen to ignore the win-win nature of China-Africa cooperation in natural resources such as oil.

In their descriptions, China sees the world’s second largest continent as nothing more than a land of abundant resources ripe for pillaging.

Such accusations have cast aside the most basic facts that Beijing has always treated its African partners with respect and equality, and that China’s investment flowing into Africa has always sought to bring benefits to both sides.

Historically speaking, China has never been a colonizer. And it never intends to be one.

China’s Africa policy differs greatly from that of the Western colonizers who started to divide and rule the continent for dominance and resources since the Age of Discovery.

During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in Beijing last September, some African leaders came forward and refuted those irresponsible accusations.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat said the eight initiatives that Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the forum’s opening session are "concrete proof of China’s support to Africa."

Rwandan President Paul Kagame rejected misinterpretations of China-Africa ties, saying that "Africa is not a zero-sum game and our growing ties with China do not come at anyone’s expense.

Indeed the gains are enjoyed by everyone who does business on our continent."

Also, China’s investment in Africa is not concentrated on natural resources. As a matter of fact, the service sector has been the main focus for China’s investment.

Senior researcher at the U.S. think tank Brookings Institution David Dollar said in a 2015 paper "Why is China investing in Africa? Evidence from the enterprise level" that Chinese companies in Africa "have relatively little investment in natural resources" compared with their peers of developed countries.

A report by the World Bank in 2016 found that China’s services investment in Africa accounted for about 60 percent of the country’s total investments in the continent.

More importantly, while some Western media spread resource-snatching rumors, China continues its down-to-earth approach in Africa, just like what it has done in Chad’s oil industry.

According to a report by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, after the implementation of the 10 major plans for China-Africa cooperation, projects that Chinese enterprises have built in Africa will result in roughly 30,000 km of highways, 85 million tons per year of port throughput and over 9 million tons per day of clean water treatment, in addition to creating nearly 900,000 jobs for Africans.

Furthermore, China has been Africa’s largest trading partner for nine consecutive years. In 2017, China-Africa trade volume reached 170 billion U.S. dollars, a year-on-year increase of 14 percent, accounting for about 25 percent of Africa’s global trade.

African people believe that China’s contributions to their economic and social development are enormous, according to Afrobarometer, a pan-African research organization.

They also ranked China as providing the best model for development.

Several decades after African countries like Chad gained their independence from Western colonialists, they still need fuel for development, and China is there trying to help.

For anyone who also wants to be helpful, he needs to offer solutions, not groundless allegations.



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