|Photo exhibition on 50-year anniversary of China-Kenya relation opens in Nairobi|
NAIROBI, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- A photo exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between China and Kenya was launched on Monday in Kenya's capital city Nairobi.
Organized by the Chinese Embassy in Kenya and Xinhua News Agency's Africa Regional Bureau, the opening ceremony was attended by Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology Fred Matiang'i, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan, and other more than 100 people.
The exhibition, sponsored by Shengli Africa Company of Sinopec Construction Group, has more than 70 photos on display which highlight a 50-year journey Kenya and China have walked together. The photos, taken by Xinhua journalists, cover all aspects of the political, economic, and cultural exchanges between the two nations.
"Fifty years ago, on the second day of the founding of the Republic of Kenya, China and Kenya set up the diplomatic relations. Ever since then, China and Kenya have been good friends and the relationship becomes better and better day by day," Matiang'i said when addressing the opening ceremony.
The Kenyan government appreciates China's contribution to the country's socio-economic transformation, Matiang'i said, noting China's state owned enterprises have made a mark in the lives of Kenyans through job creation and corporate social responsibility.
He noted that China's support towards infrastructure development alongside critical sectors like education, health and information technology has transformed the lives of Kenyans.
He also noted that Chinese media has been consistent in promoting diplomatic relations between China and Kenya. "The photo exhibition tells many stories about this relationship. This wonderful relationship and the great ties that our two countries have can only get better," Matiang'i said.
"The photo exhibition is one good way to tell people and educate people to do something for our friendship with China," Matiang'i said.
The Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan stressed that Kenya and China are committed to the pursuit of peaceful development and shared prosperity.
"Our bilateral ties have come a long way and enjoyed perpetual renewal. This relationship is defined by fruitful achievements in various fields of mutual cooperation," the ambassador said.
He noted that the photos highlight mutual cooperation between Kenya and China in trade, educational, cultural and scientific fields.
General director of Xinhua News Agency's Africa Regional Bureau, Yuan Bingzhong, said that Chinese media outlets have been adhering to doctrines of balance and objectivity in their coverage of Kenyan issues.
"Fifty years ago, Xinhua sent reporters to Kenya and currently we have nearly 30 reporters stationed in the country. We believe the news media has a responsibility to promote welfare of people," Yuan said.