Sino-Kenyan cooperation bears fruit –

Photo taken on May 8, 2022 shows part of the Nairobi Expressway in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo/Xinhua)

China-Kenya cooperation has achieved fruitful results in recent decades and Kenya wants to continue bilateral ties and support the one-China principle for mutual benefit, a senior Kenyan official said.

In an interview on Monday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Moses Wetang’ula, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, said bilateral relations have grown phenomenally since the beginning of this century, boosting growth in Kenya and bringing benefits to its people has delivered.

“If you look today, China is a signature on almost every major infrastructure project in Kenya, and the people of Kenya appreciate this,” he said. ‘The relationship between Kenya and China is excellent.

“Look at the Nairobi-Thika Superhighway, the best highway we have in the country. Look at roads even in the most unexpected rural areas being built by Chinese companies, water, dams, last mile connectivity and electricity, the construction of institutions and universities,” Wetang’ula said.

“There is a lot going on between Kenya and China. And I would encourage that to continue because it is changing the lives of our people,” he said.

China and Kenya just celebrated the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties last year. China is Kenya’s largest trading partner, while Kenya is China’s largest trading partner in East Africa, where a number of signature infrastructure projects have been completed in recent years with the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Besides Kenya, China’s “positive footprints,” as Wetang’ula said, can be seen everywhere, including in Africa, Asia and South America.

“There is a beacon everywhere where Chinese development can be visible, such as on roads, bridges and so on,” he said.

Wetang’ula, who was also a former foreign minister of Kenya, said the country firmly supports the one-China principle and recognizes Taiwan as an inalienable part of China.

“Taiwan remains an integral part of China, and China is recognized as the sole representative of the Chinese people. Regardless of what those who support Taiwan say, Kenya has followed the UN resolution we voted on,” he said during the interview. on Monday.

In October 1971, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 2758, which restored all rights to the People’s Republic of China and recognized it as China’s sole legal representative at the UN. The resolution has since been followed by the vast majority of the international community.

The recognition of the one-China principle is “an inevitable development that will not stand in the way of any country,” Wetang’ula said, adding that in Africa, developing relations with China is in the interests of the continent and of individual countries has been shown. .

Wetang’ula’s comment coincided with Lai Ching-te assuming his role as the new leader of the Taiwan region. China’s State Council Bureau for Taiwan Affairs said on Monday that Lai sent “a dangerous signal” in his pursuit of “Taiwan independence” in a speech when he took on the role on Monday.

Based on the one-China principle, Kenya looks forward to intensifying bilateral cooperation in many areas through various platforms such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Wetang’ula said.

Kenya is embracing the Belt and Road Initiative and has initiated its own development plans so that the initiative can best align Kenya’s economic development, he said.

A key plan for Kenya’s government is to place more emphasis on mineral resource development, which Wetang’ula said he hoped more Chinese companies could participate in.

“China will be a crucial partner in this because we know that when we deal with your country, the red tape and roadblocks in decision-making are far less than some of our partners, who have many caveats on many issues places,” he said. .

Ahead of the new meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to be held in Beijing in the fall of this year, Wetang’ula said he wished the forum would pay more attention to boosting international trade for Africa to create more prosperity for the continent.