Kenya-China relations get fresh impetus from visit
When Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi jointly addressed the media on January 6, it was clear that the two countries had resolved to guard the outcomes of their deepening cooperation across a range of bilateral and multilateral issues.
Kenyatta characterized China as a true friend who came to the aid of Kenya to implement wide-ranging development projects without condition or lectures.
Wang dismissed the narrative by some that China was saddling African countries with unsustainable debt, arguing that the only trap facing African countries was that of underdevelopment marked by conflict and poverty. China has demonstrated unyielding willingness to assist Africa in overcoming its development challenges, a fact that will eventually manifest in the fullness of time, he said.
Kenyatta’s sentiments about Kenya’s development cooperation with China are increasingly echoed in other African countries, such as Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa, where leaders have defended the veracity and utility of partnerships with Beijing.READ MORE