Kenya diplomats use language to deepen relations with China

Updated: 2016-11-05 16:11

By Lucie Morangi(

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Kenya diplomats use language to deepen relations with China

Chinese Ambassdor Liu Xianfa delivers a speech at the ceremony. [Photo by Liu Hongjie/China Daily]

In his speech, Liu Xianfa, the Chinese ambassador to Kenya, noted that the China-Kenya relationship has reached historic heights over the recent past, "bringing along more and more tangible benefits to the peoples of both countries."

Liu said that the Chinese language class, as a diplomat's capacity building program, is a testimony to enhanced cooperation from both sides. "I am convinced, with joint efforts of both countries' diplomats, the Chinese Dream and the Kenya Vision 2030 will bring the two countries ever closer in carrying out common development, integrate our shared interests and combine the wishes and aspirations of both peoples towards common development and prosperity."

Kenya diplomats use language to deepen relations with China

Professor Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Academic Affairs, delivers a speech at the launch. [Photo by Liu Hongjie/China Daily]

Also present during the ceremony were Simon Nabukwesi, Director Foreign Service Academy, Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs who represented the University of Nairobi's Vice Chancellor, and Guo Hong, director of the Confucius Institute at the university.

China and Kenya are currently enjoying sustained bilateral relations. This has been supported by numerous high level exchanges between the two countries'top government officials, expansion of trade that has culminated to $6 billion in 2015, increased cultural exchanges with major Chinese media firms increasing presence in Kenya together with four Confucius institutes and strengthen cooperation in regional peace and security as well as international issues such as reforms of the United Nation's Security Council.