Chinese Embassy in Kenya Held Reception Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
On September 26, 2019, H.E. Mr. Wu Peng, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat, held a reception in the Chinese Embassy to warmly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over 700 guests attended the reception, including Minister without Portfolio and Secretary-General of Jubilee Party Raphael Tuju, Acting Foreign Minister Amb. Amolo，Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and wildlife Joseph Boinnet, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Maj. Gen. Fatuma Ahmed, Senior Directing Staff (Army)of the National Defence College Maj. Gen. Patrick Amogola, UNEP Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for UN-Habitat Victor Mokom Kisob, and other representatives of the Kenyan government, political parties, parliament, military, and business community, as well as diplomats of foreign missions to Kenya, leaders of international organizations, diplomats of the Chinese embassy, and representatives of Chinese companies, Confucius Institutes, and the Chinese community. Mainstream media including the KTN, KBC, K24, the Capital FM, People Daily, The Star and Chinese media in Kenya gave a live broadcast of the event.
Amb. Wu said in his remarks that since its founding 70 years ago, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the People's Republic of China has moved from poverty to prosperity, and created visible and tangible miracles one after another. The impressive achievements scored by China are fundamentally attributed to the leadership of the CPC and the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics chosen by the Chinese people.
Amb. Wu said that China has achieved its own development through reform and opening up, and made contribution to the world through its own development. In recent years, China has initiated the “Belt and Road” Initiative, established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and set up the Silk Road Fund, aimed at shouldering its due responsibility through real actions and sharing the fruits of its development with other countries in the world.
Amb. Wu said that the recent decades have witnessed considerable progress of China-Kenya relations.The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, Moi International Sports Complex, and dams, hydro power stations, and wind farms are all fruits of China-Kenya practical cooperation. A large number of excellent Kenyan students have traveled to China. The new campus of Confucius Institute in Nairobi University will be put into use. SGR will be open to traffic. And China has expanded import of quality Kenyan agricultural products. The “Belt and Road” Initiative is aligning with the Big Four Agenda, which will bring China-Kenya relations to a higher level.
Amb. Amolo extended congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. He said that 70 years ago, Chairman Mao Zedong solemnly declared the founding of the PRC and the Chinese People’s government, starting China’s journey towards prosperity. Since the reform and opening up, China has made considerable progress in its economic and social development, growing into the world’s second largest economy and a world leader, which cannot be achieved without the strong leadership of the CPC and the hard work of the Chinese people.
Amolo said that China and Kenya have always upheld the principle of equality, mutual benefits and win-win cooperation, and established a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership in 2016. Through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the “Belt and Road” Initiative, and other cooperation platforms, a series of fruitful cooperation results have been made. With their investment in Kenya, Chinese businesses have played an important role in supporting local social development and creating job opportunities. He expressed the hope that China-Kenya relations would achieve greater development in the future to deliver more benefits to the two countries and two peoples.
The Chinese embassy also held various activities for the reception, where all the guests jointly celebrated the historic moment. Amb. Wu also received an interview with KBC and Chinese media in Kenya on the 70th anniversary and charity programs of the embassy. The awarding ceremony for “China-Kenya friendship photograph contest” was held at the reception, where photographers of the two countries shared stories of China-Kenya friendship through their works. Students of the Kenyatta University, Nairobi University, and Chinese School at the embassy sang together national anthems of China and Kenya, and renowned artists of Kenya performed classic songs and dances upon invitation, filling the event with happiness and joy.
In the afternoon, the embassy held its open day, where Chinese businesses, Confucius Institutes, and Chinese restaurants exhibited made-in-China products, Chinese culture, and Chinese cuisine, attracting faculty and students of local schools, children, friends of the media and local think tanks. International Exhibition of the 70 Years of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China attracted the attention of the guests. The short videos of Dream Seeker: China 2019 and Beautiful China were played in rotation. Guests applauded the great achievements China has made over the past seven decades, and appreciated China’s friendship with countries around the world, especially African countries. They sincerely wished China-Kenya relations faster and better development.