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From August 18 to 23, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a state visit to China at the invitation of counterpart Xi Jinping. "The two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on developing bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction with the development of China-Kenya relationship," said Chinese official communiqué.
The two countries have enjoyed friendly diplomatic relations for fifty years, and are willing to develop bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership further. This partnership is mostly based on economic and trade ties. China is willing to take more positive measures to increase imports from Kenya in a bid to promote a balanced growth of bilateral trade, and is hoping to participate in more projects particularly in the fields of industrialization, infrastructure and construction.
On the international scene, Kenya regards China as a "sincere friend" and an "important partner." The latter sees the former as a main partner with a view to strengthening the buildup of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which has become Chinese diplomacy's cornerstone for China's growing presence and role in Africa.
"FOCAC has played an irreplaceable role in promoting China-Africa relations," said the Beijing Declaration of the 5th FOCAC Ministerial which took place one year ago. At the time, former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga emphasized that "Kenya welcomes China's investment and is willing to broaden cooperation in energy, infrastructure construction, agriculture and tourism."
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