Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Thursday, April 25, 2002
Kenyan President Holds Talks with Chinese Premier
Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi held talks with visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji at the State House on Wednesday in Nairobi on bilateral ties and issues of common concern. Extending a warm welcome to Zhu, Moi said that the peoples of Kenya and China have enjoyed profound friendship, and that Zhu's visit is bound to further enhance the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi held talks with visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji at the State House on Wednesday in Nairobi on bilateral ties and issues of common concern.
Zhu said that China and Kenya have a long history of traditional friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1963, especially since Moi assumed the presidency in 1978, the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries have been constantly consolidating and improving, thanks to the direct care and strong support on the part of the top leaders of the two countries.
There have been frequent exchanges in the political field between the two countries, and their cooperation in all other sectors is also expanding, he noted.
Meanwhile, the two countries have coordinated and cooperated closely on the international arena, Zhu said.
"We appreciate Kenyan government's consistent adherence to the one-China policy and its just stance of supporting China on the human rights issue," the Chinese premier said, expressing confidence that the two countries will continue their good cooperation in international affairs in the future.
"The Chinese government and its people are ready to further consolidate and strengthen its friendly cooperation in all sectors with Kenya," Zhu stressed.
He said that economic and trade ties between China and Kenya are an important part of their bilateral relations, and the two countries have carried out long and fruitful cooperation in economic and technological fields.
The assistance China has provided to Kenya in infrastructure construction is also an important component of their economic cooperation, he added.
China is willing to further cooperate with Kenya in various sectors including telecommunications, highway building and personnel training, the premier noted.
"China pays great attention to the trade deficit on the Kenyan part in the trade between the two countries, and China will take steps to increase imports from Kenya," Zhu said.
China is Kenya's important partner
Extending a warm welcome to Zhu, Moi said that the peoples of Kenya and China have enjoyed profound friendship, and that Zhu's visit is bound to further enhance the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
Moi said that China is Kenya's important partner of cooperation, and that for a long period of time, Chinese government and Chinese people have provided invaluable support to Kenya in its economic and social development.
Kenya is deeply grateful to such assistance as it has played an important role in the development of Kenya, the president noted.
Moi reaffirmed the Kenyan government's adherence to the one-China policy, and expressed his appreciation for the close cooperation between the two countries in international affairs.
China places importance on ties with African countries
On African situation, Moi said that there have been continuous conflicts in the African region, which have wasted limited resources and obstructed development on the continent.
He said that African countries are striving to solve regional conflicts on the continent, hoping that China would play a bigger role in preventing and resolving such conflicts.
Zhu noted that China has always placed importance on developing friendly and cooperative ties with African countries.
The Chinese government has been working earnestly to implement the commitments made at the ministerial conference of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum held in Beijing in 2000, he said.
"China will make further efforts with regard to debt reduction, personnel training and investment in Africa," he said. The Chinese government supports African countries' efforts in promoting peace and development on the continent, the premier said.
"We appreciate the Kenyan government's active role in promoting peace and resolving conflicts to materialize regional stability," he said.
Following the talk, the two sides signed, among others, a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation and an agreement on the economic and technological cooperation.
Premier Zhu and President Moi attended the signing ceremony.
Trade Relations and Economic and Technical Cooperation between China and Kenya
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Chinese Government has provided assistance for many Kenyan projects such as stadium, methane-generating pit, hospital and road construction. The volume of bilateral trade has increased considerably in recent years. Main merchandise Kenya imports from China includes household electric appliances, industrial/agricultural tools, textiles, groceries, construction materials, medicine, etc. China imports black tea, coffee and leather wares from Kenya. The volume of bilateral trade between China and Kenya was US$ 136.933 million in 2000, with US$133.083 million of export from China and US$3.85 million of import by China.
The mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Kenya started in 1985. At present there are more than 20 Chinese companies actively working in Kenya, including Jiangsu International Economic and Technological Cooperation Corporation, Sichuan International Economic and Technological Cooperation Corporation, etc.>>details