Senior CPC official arrives in Nairobi to start visit to Kenya

10:39, April 19, 2011      

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Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, is greeted at an airport in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, for an official good-will visit to the country, on April 18, 2011. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrived in Nairobi on Monday evening for an official goodwill visit to Kenya.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, said in a statement issued upon his arrival that he hopes to boost exchanges between the two countries' ruling parties through his visit, in a bid to promote all-round and healthy growth of China-Kenya relations.

Calling Kenya an influential country in eastern Africa as well as China's important cooperative partner in the region, Li said the two countries and two peoples enjoy profound friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 48 years ago, both sides always respect each other and had witnessed smooth development of cooperative ties.

He described China-Kenya relations as in the best period of history, citing enhanced and fruitful bilateral cooperation in various areas.

"I expect to meet with Kenyan leaders on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern, to further facilitate bilateral party-to-party exchanges and boost comprehensive development of relations," he added.

During his three-day trip, Li is scheduled to meet with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga as well as Vice President and Minister of Home Affairs Kalonzo Musyoka. He will also deliver a speech at the Nairobi University, and attend the launching ceremony of the first-ever mobile newspaper in sub- Saharan Africa which enables about 17 million African mobile subscribers to receive news from China's Xinhua News Agency via Multimedia Messaging Service.

Kenya is the fourth leg of Li's five-nation tour which also takes him to Armenia, Romania, Slovenia and Mozambique.

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Source: Xinhua
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