Xi’s visit to Rwanda shows China’s expanding influence

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Beijing, Kigali sign several coop agreements

Our Correspondent

Beijing

China and Rwanda signed a number of cooperation documents covering such areas as investment, finance, e-commerce and law enforcement on Tuesday during President Xi Jinping’s state visit, the first by a Chinese head of state to an African country, Rwanda. The mutual initiative has drawn the world attendion on the event, deemed China’s expanding socio-political influence even to the far-off regions of the world. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Xi and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. Before the signing ceremony, Kagame hosted a grand ceremony to welcome Xi and had a meeting with the Chinese president. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 47 years ago, China and Rwanda have treated each other as equals with sincerity and friendship, Xi said. Xi recalled that during Kagame’s visit to China in March 2017, they had an in-depth exchange of views on advancing bilateral ties and cooperation for mutual benefits, adding that their consensus has seen comprehensive implementation.

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