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Uhuru to take part in Beijing talks that kick off Monday

The Head of State arrived at the two-day conference that aims to boost the continent’s development on Saturday/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 3 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to take part in the China-Africa Forum for Cooperation 2018 Summit that is set to commence on Monday.

The Head of State arrived at the two-day conference that aims to boost the continent’s development on Saturday.

Besides taking part in the Summit, President Kenyatta is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping.

The talks will focus on trade, infrastructure, investments, education and technology.

While in Beijing, the President will witness the signing of an Economic and Investment Cooperation Agreement between China and Kenya.

The talks are also expected to focus on Xi’s cherished “Belt and Road” infrastructure programme.

The massive scheme is aimed at improving Chinese access to foreign markets and resources and boosting Beijing’s influence abroad.

It has already seen China loan billions of dollars to countries in Asia and Africa for roads, railways, ports and other major infrastructure projects.

But critics warn that Xi’s pet project is burying some countries under massive debt.

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A study by the Center for Global Development, a US think-tank, found “serious concerns” about the sustainability of sovereign debt in eight Asian, European and African countries receiving Belt and Road funds.

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