Mutual gains to drive China-Africa relations (2)

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Kimani said the decision by Chinese to concentrate on development in their relations with Africa has been a blessing for both entities. It is "visibly clear that the relations have benefits the common people in countries like Kenya," said Kimani.

He said however Africa should invest more in its trade negotiation skills, so that it is able to make the maximum benefit out of the growing relations. "Our negotiators must be able to use a lot of data, which is not the case today. Data is important because it facilitates simulation of a discussion point and this enables the negotiators to have a clear picture of how an issue may affect or benefit them, " he said. "We have seen trade negotiators using this data simulation and it's time for Africa to do the same."

Chris Abong'o, an expert on diplomacy and international studies who teaches at the University of Nairobi, said the fact that China has kept its word for Africa has led to the continent having more confidence in the world's second largest economy. "The way China has handled its relations with Africa has shocked the U. S. and EU and they are now re-examining how they handled their relations with the continent," he said.

The relations with China, he said, have generally won favor among the population because of the gains being experienced in the construction of what are seen as better quality roads and hospitals.

Dr Alfred Omenya, an adviser for the African Union on environmental and climate change issues, said he sees China-Africa relations improving further, adding that China should help Africa in negotiations on technology transfer during the climate change conference in Mexico and subsequent talks.
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