In a significant diplomatic move, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi engaged in discussions with Kenya’s Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, Musalia Mudavadi, on January 25, 2024, in Beijing. The talks covered a broad spectrum of bilateral and multilateral issues, emphasizing the strategic common ground between the two nations and the shared vision for a China-Kenya community with a future in harmony.
Minister Wang Yi highlighted the enduring friendship and mutual support between China and Kenya, spanning six decades since the establishment of diplomatic ties. The leadership of President Xi Jinping and President William Samoei Ruto has provided essential guidance for the development of strong bilateral relations. Both sides have witnessed fruitful cooperation, with projects like the Mombasa-Nairobi railway under the Belt and Road initiative significantly contributing to Kenya’s economic progress. Minister Wang Yi expressed China’s appreciation for Kenya’s adherence to the one-China principle and non-interference in internal affairs, reinforcing a basic norm governing international relations.
China remains committed to supporting Kenya’s sovereignty and independence, pledging to deepen political mutual trust and elevate comprehensive cooperation to new heights. Minister Wang Yi emphasized China’s willingness to share its modernization experience with Africa and strengthen Belt and Road cooperation for mutual development.
Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi affirmed the robust partnership between Kenya and China, acknowledging the substantial achievements in practical cooperation. Belt and Road collaboration has played a pivotal role in supporting Kenya’s national and economic development. Kenya, standing by the one-China principle, expressed its commitment to supporting China on issues like Taiwan and human rights. The Kenyan government looks forward to enhanced cooperation with China, marking a new era in the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
Both sides praised the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and its positive impact on Africa’s development. Minister Wang Yi reiterated China’s commitment to prioritizing Africa in its overall diplomacy, promising to leverage the next FOCAC meeting to deepen friendship and cooperation between China and Africa.
In addition to discussions on bilateral ties, the two sides exchanged views on the situation in the Horn of Africa, underscoring their joint efforts to promote peace and security on the continent.