Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday respectively who attended the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.
Xi pointed out that China appreciates Kenya‘s contributions to the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that concluded with fruitful results.
Xi noted that Kenya is one of those participating countries in the China-Africa production cooperation and sets a good example for other countries in this field.
Xi proposed to raise China-Kenya relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and said that China is willing to work with Kenya to push forward the bilateral ties to new stages.
Xi stressed that the both sides should continue to develop their bilateral relations from a strategic point of view and in the long run, keep frequent high-level exchanges and support each other on issues related to their core interests and major concerns.
Xi hopes that China and Kenya can advance their cooperation by building Mombasa-Nairobi railway, Mombasa port and Mombasa special economic zone.
Xi called for joint efforts to enhance cooperation with Kenya in people-to-people exchanges, security, justice, and fight against cross-border crimes.
For his part, Kenyatta congratulated China on holding the successful Belt and Road Forum, saying the meeting demonstrates the fruitful results of the far-sighted Belt and Road Initiative.
Kenyatta said Kenya is willing to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and enhance cooperation with China in trade, investment, energy, tourism and infrastructure.
After the meeting, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in judicial assistance, production capacity, economy and technology.
On the same day, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also met Kenyatta. Li said the comprehensive strategic partnership will inject an impetus for the development of China-Kenya relations.
Li noted that the Mombasa-Nairobi railway is about to open and hopes that the project can be an example for China-Africa cooperation.
Kenyatta said Kenya is willing to keep high-level exchanges with China, deepen cooperation, and promote the bilateral relations to a new height.