The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Chinese Institute in Egerton

Speaking during the launch at the weekend, Shifan Wu, the spokeman of the People Republic of China Confucius Institute, said the institute will teach Chinese language and also deal with agricultural research.

The Confucius Institute is the third one to be launched in Kenya after one at Kenyatta University that teaches health and another at the University of Nairobi that offers Chinese culture and social sciences.

Shifan called on Kenyans to embrace Chinese policies to strengthen diplomatic relationships and for mutual benefit. He said Kenya-China relationship is growing.

"We supported Kenya on ICC during the United Nations meeting and we are ready to support the people of Kenya on development projects for it to realise its dream and potential," Shifan said.

Egerton University Vice Chancellor James Tuitoek thanked the Chinese government for launching the institute. "China is the second largest trade investor in Kenya and they are optimistic this trend will benefit both countries," he said.

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