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Chinese embassy in Kenya holds reception to mark 70th anniversary of PRC founding

Ambassador Wu Peng joins in the dance by Kayamba Africa during Thursday’s celebrations at the embassy. /COURTESY.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 27 – The Chinese Embassy in Kenya held a ceremony on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Speaking at the reception held on Thursday evening, China’s Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng outstanding the progress made by the country over the past 70 years, including contributing to world peace and development.

“Through the course of human history, 70 years passed in a flash. Yet it has witnessed the tremendous change in China,” Ambassador Wu said, “Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people, united as one, are striving to move forward from poverty and weakness to prosperity and strength. We have created miracles one after another in human history.

He also reaffirmed China’s readiness to strengthen people to people exchanges with Kenya, noting the progress made so far in infrastructural development among others.

“People are the creators of history, people are the real heroes. China needs the world for development and the world needs China as well. Through reform and opening up, China has achieved self-development; and the through self-development, China has contributed to world progress,” Ambassador Wu told participants at the colourful ceremony held at the embassy.

Ambassador Wu noted that over the years, China has financed the construction of transport and energy infrastructure projects, helping the continent jumps-tart the economy and unleash its potential.

On Kenya, the Ambassador said China is marking 56 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations with remarkable progress.

“It is fair to say that China is a witness, supporter and participant in the process of Kenya’s modernisation,” he said, citing the Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi which is already in use and the extension to Naivasha which is nearing completion.

During the celebations, the embassy organised an Open Day event where Chinese enterprises showcased their contributions to Kenya’s economic and social development.

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Participants at an open exhibition at the embassy during the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. /COURTESY.

“Over the past six months, I have had close exchanges with Kenyan partners, and visited major corporation projects. I feel Kenya’s urgent aspiration for development and I am fully confident in the bright future of our cooperation,” he said at the event.

Tom Amolo, Political and Diplomatic Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said China’s development regarding its economic flourishing, great contributions to the shared prosperity of the world and fight against poverty in the past 70 years have become an example for Kenya and other countries to emulate.

“We will draw lessons from your experiences on how to transform and build resilient through home grown governance solutions,” he said, “We need to build avenues that promote technology exchanges. It is important to note that China continues to promote the multilateral diplomatic system.”

Amolo said that after seven decades of development, China has become one of the major trading hubs and manufacturers of the world, promoting the flow of goods through the Belt and Road Initiative.

He commended China for contributing to the improvement of the economies of Africa and supporting the continent’s prosperity through trade in an effort to assist Africa to build a strong economic base.

“China is indeed a good partner and friend to Kenya,” Amolo said, at the event, where Nameless and Kayamba Africa entertained guests.

Nameless entertains guests at the Chinese Embassy on Thursday during the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. /COURTESY.

On the friendship between the two countries, the Foreign Affairs Secretary said that Kenya is proud of the friendship with China as both countries share the same view on global issues, believe in the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, and stand fast in defending their territorial integrity.

“As we share the joy of this auspicious occasion, we reflect on the warm and mutually beneficial cooperation based on equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes that has characterized our ties,” he added.

Amolo said the revival of the Continental Free Trade Area will boost and further the linkages between the economies of Africa, China and other parts of the world.

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