As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Rwanda next week, the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei has revealed that the visit will shift China-Rwanda cooperation into a higher gear and upgrade bilateral relations.
The Envoy was speaking yesterday in Kigali ahead of the president’s two-day state visit to Rwanda.
“As the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, I firmly believe President Xi’s upcoming visit will be of historic significance and will bring China-Rwanda relationship into a new era,” he said.
Deepening political trust
“Adhering to the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith, and upholding the values of friendship, justice and shared interests, China will work with Rwanda and all other friendly African nations, carry out more exchanges on governance and guidelines of development, so as to pave a broader and more solid road of mutual benefit and common development for China and Africa,” Hongwei said.
He noted that the visit will increase programmatic cooperation where Jinping and President Paul Kagame are expected to witness the signing of a number of Memorandum of Understandings and agreements.
“These will enable China and Rwanda to further match our development strategies and seek to harvest more fruits across multiple areas, including the Belt and Road Initiative, public health, human resource training, mining and law enforcement cooperation among others,” he said.
The envoy said that the visit will broaden regional cooperation. He said that it remains a cornerstone of China’s foreign policy to consolidate China’s relations with Rwanda and other African nations.
“China values the important contribution to the solidarity and development of Africa that President Kagame has made after assuming the rotating chairman of the African Union and coordinator of the AU reform. China and Rwanda will further enhance collaboration in regional and international arena and uphold the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries,” he added.
China is the World’s second largest economy, largest industrial producer, largest trader in goods, and largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. Over the past four decades, thanks to the policies of reform and opening up, China’s economy has been growing an average annual rate of 9.5% and its foreign trade at 14.5%.
In recent years, China’s contribution to global growth has been exceeding 30%.
Jinping will start his visit to Rwanda from July 22nd to July 23rd 2018.