Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated on Wednesday that China is prepared to cooperate with Kenya in the pursuit of multilateralism and the protection of the shared interests of developing nations.
Wang claimed that some nations are engaging in unilateralism and hegemony in the name of multilateralism and democracy, undermining current systems and the global order. Wang spoke by phone with Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Raychelle Omamo.
He referred to Kenya as a significant African nation with considerable influence, noting that it has consistently contributed to international affairs. He stated that China is prepared to work with Kenya to uphold the fundamental principles governing international relations.
Omamo stated that Kenya believes the international community should increase its solidarity and cooperation, particularly in aiding developing nations in minimising the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and fostering economic recovery.
Kenya is China’s all-encompassing strategic and cooperative partner, according to Wang, who also noted that the two countries’ relations are at their best point ever.
He said China is grateful for Kenya’s steadfast support on matters pertaining to China’s core interests and is prepared to collaborate with Kenya to hasten the implementation of the decisions made at the forum on China-Africa cooperation’s eighth ministerial conference.
Wang urged Kenya to take steps to protect Chinese institutions, projects, and personnel working there.
China made a commitment to deliver an additional one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa, carry out 10 projects on agriculture and poverty alleviation for Africa, and run more cooperation programmes with Africa in various fields at the eighth Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC in November of last year.
Wang added that the Chinese side is eager for Kenya to join the Global Development Initiative (GDI) that China has proposed.
According to Omamo, Kenya-China relations have set an example of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes and are of strategic importance.
She added that Kenya and other African nations are prepared to cooperate with China to put the agreement reached at the eighth Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC into action. China is an important strategic partner of Africa, she said.
Kenya sincerely thanks China for helping the country develop economically and socially, and it will continue to take strong precautions to ensure the security of Chinese institutions, projects, and personnel in Kenya, the official said.
She said Kenya supports the GDI and is prepared to collaborate with China to increase its contributions to global prosperity and development.