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Ruto moves to secure better deals with China

Ruto moves to secure better deals with China in fostering and expanding cooperation between the two countries.

President Williams Ruto has moved to deepen Kenya’s bilateral ties with China after he stated that he will secure better deals from Beijing.

On Tuesday, October 18, the President was giving a speech at the State House in Nairobi when he was joined by Dr. Zhou Pingjian, the Chinese ambassador to Kenya, who also brought a message of goodwill from President Xi Jinping.

The two leaders agreed on deals in development partnership with a focus on trade, infrastructure, agriculture, and water.

“Our manifesto gives us a roadmap on areas that we can engage in as we expand partnership of development cooperation,” said President Ruto.

Ruto went on to say that his administration was committed to fostering and extending collaboration between the two nations for the sake of their respective peoples.

The meeting came after Ruto held eight successful meetings with the US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman, last month, who urged him to offer Washington and Beijing equal opportunities.

Kenya and China pledged to overcome trade barriers and imbalances by signing six bilateral trade agreements before Uhuru Kenyatta exited the office.

During the negotiations, Kenya resolved to export its goods to China.

Kenya has been seeking to export Agricultural products such as avocados as China seeks to improve development in African Countries.

China has also financed a number of mega infrastructural projects in Kenya, including the Standard Gauge Railway – SGR.

Prior to the August General election, President Ruto while campaigning for the presidency pledged to review Kenya’s relations with China, accusing the Asian nation of burdening Kenya with credit facilities.

However, in what seems to be a tactical move to win China, the president is keen on deepening the ties and ironing out sticky issues.

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