Chinese Foreign Minister Begins African Tour in Kenya

Chinese Foreign Minister Begins African Tour in Kenya

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti (R) speaks next to China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a joint news conference in Khartoum January 11, 2015 | Photo: Reuters Wang Yi started with a visit to Kenya Saturday as part of an eight-day diplomatic tour.

ForeignMinister of China, Wang Yi, arrived to KenyaSaturday as part of an officialtour to variouscountriesacrossAfrica. DuringYi’stour he will visit Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the DemocraticRepublic of Congo and Sudan.

In Kenya, the Chinese diplomat affirmed that his nation plans to increase funding to Kenya’s industrial and technological sectors. He explained, "Kenya is at the stage of industrial take-off and China is ready to support it with its experience in attaining successful industrialization."

"China stands ready to share its experiences on industrial zoning and special economic zones and we are ready for more cooperation in these fields," he added after meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.

During his visit, Yi encouraged Kenyan and other East African states to incorporate elements of China’s economic model. He emphasized the importance of industrial relocation. "Industrial relocation was how China took off and Kenya can benefit from it," he expressed. "China allowed companies from neighboring countries like Japan to set up shop within China," Yi continued.

China’s partnership and cooperation in Kenya as well as other African nations focus primarily on development and […]

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