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China Premier Li in Kenya to boost trade, wildlife protection

Published on May 10, 2014 2:40 AM
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta meets with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang upon his arrival in Nairobi, at the presidential pavillion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on May 08, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NAIROBI (AFP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Nairobi Friday on the final leg of a four-nation Africa tour, in a visit expected to boost trade, transport links and conservation, Kenya's presidency said.

The Chinese official is on a four-country tour of Africa, his first since taking office last year, with the world's second-biggest economy keen to boost its presence on the continent to find new markets and opportunities.

Li will also meet regional leaders on Sunday in Kenya, including Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Salva Kiir of war-torn South Sudan, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

The Chinese leader is expected to ink agreements on a railway to link the Kenyan port of Mombasa to the Burundian capital Bujumbura, passing though Uganda and Rwanda, with a proposed branch line heading to South Sudan.

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