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Wang Yi Talks about Achievements of His Visit to Kenya

On January 10, 2015, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed of Kenya together met the press after holding talks with each other in Nairobi, and Wang Yi briefed on the details and achievements of his visit to Kenya.

Wang Yi said that it is a tradition of China’s diplomacy that Chinese Foreign Minister’s first trip abroad in a new year should be to Africa to renew friendship, discuss cooperation, and seek development together. This fully embodies the important position of Africa in China’s overall diplomacy and China’s special bond with African people.

Wang Yi said that as China’s important cooperative partner in Africa, Kenya becomes the first stop of this tour to Africa. The main goal is to carry out China’s Africa policy of “sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith” which was put forward by President Xi Jinping, to further promote the “Six Major Projects” and “Three Major Networks” proposals on cooperation with Africa raised by Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to the continent last year in line with the overall direction, to specifically implement a series of consensus and important agreements in the exchange of visits between the leaders of the two countries, and to make preparations for the sixth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held in South Africa this year and listen to the voices and suggestions from African friends.

This afternoon, I met with His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and we had an in-depth and friendly conversation on broad issues. I also had a broad and fruitful talk with Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed on bilateral relations, and we jointly signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a bilateral steering committee which will build a new and important platform for the future cooperation between the two countries. We agreed to further promote China-Kenya comprehensive cooperative partnership which is characterized by equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, and to continue to firmly support each other on major issues bearing on respective core interests, so as to consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations. We also had in-depth discussions on how to deepen practical cooperation and reached broad consensus. China is ready to transform the friendly tradition between the two countries into the motive force of the development and cooperation and hopes to help Kenya transform manpower and resources potential into the advantage of economic development as soon as possible. To this end, China proposes to focus on expanding cooperation in seven fields, namely, agricultural modernization, infrastructure construction, industrial transfer, renewable energy, ecological environmental protection, cultural tourism and the maintenance of peace and security. China's suggestions above considered both the development demand of Kenya and China's own ability and conditions. In addition, we had in-depth discussions on the cooperation in some other areas and also reached important consensus. I think the talk between the two foreign ministers is of rich content and will play a positive role in the development of future relations between the two countries.

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