President Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya Announcing Establishment of China-Kenya Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership of Equality, Mutual Trust, Mutual Benefit and Win-Win Outcome
2013/59/19

On Aug. 19, 2013, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on developing bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction with the development of China-Kenya relationship. They decided that, focusing on the future, to establish China-Kenya comprehensive cooperative partnership of equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcome.

Xi Jinping expressed that, China and Kenya enjoy a long history of friendly exchanges. Zheng He, the famous Chinese navigator of the Ming Dynasty, headed his ocean fleet going for a number of visits to Kenya. For the fifty years since the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries, bilateral relations have maintained all-dimensional and rapid development. Your visit is for the first meeting between the new heads of state of our two countries. It is of great significance to break the new ground for China-Kenya friendly cooperative relationship. China is willing to work with Kenya to develop the comprehensive cooperative partnership of equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcome.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Kenya should continue to support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and of each other's major concerns, to deepen exchanges between the political parties, legislative bodies and local governments, and to share the experiences on state governance. China is willing to take more positive measures to increase imports from Kenya in a bid to promote a balanced growth of bilateral trade. Both sides need to strengthen cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, special economic zone construction, investment and financing and to foster new cooperation in the sectors of new energy, agriculture, environment and wildlife protection. Hope the law enforcement departments of the two countries will strengthen cooperation and work together to combat transnational crime. Both sides should take joint measures to facilitate personnel exchanges, to encourage exchanges and cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, youth and personnel training and to ensure the success of "Experiencing China" and other celebration events for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries to be held in Kenya. China and Kenya share the same or similar views on major international and regional issues. Both sides should continue to maintain coordination and cooperation to jointly safeguard the just rights and interests of the developing countries.

Kenyatta said that Kenya and China enjoy a profound traditional friendship and Zheng He sailing west sowed the seeds of friendship in Kenya. Since then, Kenya has always been an important tie linking Africa and China. The Kenyan people are grateful for China's long-time support for their cause of state independence and national liberation and admire China's time-honoured history of civilization as well as enormous achievements in reform and opening up. It is believed that the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is showing bright prospects and that China will play a greater role in promoting world peace, stability and prosperity. Kenya is committed to realizing industrialization and improving people's livelihood. The same historical experience and common vision for the future link the two countries closely. Kenya regards China as a sincere friend and an important partner. Kenya hopes to learn from China for the experience of success, taking the opportunity of the establishment of the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two countries, to strengthen cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as in international affairs, to open up a new era for even better bilateral relationship.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the trend of peace, development, cooperation and win-win outcome is now growing stronger. Emerging market economies and developing countries enjoy an enhancement of their overall strength. The world is going towards a faourable balance of power for safeguarding world peace. The African people have an unprecedentedly strong urge to seek peace, stability and development. China and Africa have always been a community of destiny. China firmly supports African countries for independent development and self-improvement through unity and is willing to continue to play a constructive role in promoting peace, stability, development and rejuvenation of Africa.

Kenyatta expressed that the Kenyan side highly appreciates China for helping Africa and supporting the peaceful resolution of regional hotspot issues of Africa. Hope China will play a greater role in pushing forward peace, stability, development and prosperity of Africa. Kenya stands ready to work with China to strengthen the buildup of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in order to push for the unceasing development of Africa-China friendly cooperative relations.

Following the talks, the two heads of state attended the signing ceremony of the agreement on economic and technological cooperation between the two governments as well as bilateral cooperation documents in the fields of facilitating personnel exchanges, financing, environmental protection and new energy.

Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcome ceremony at the Square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan, Vice Chairman Zhang Baowen of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Vice Chairman Luo Fuhe of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and others were present.

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