Rwandan leader says China relates to Africa 'as an equal'

2018-07-23 17:38
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) inspects a guard of honour, accompanied by Rwandan President Paul Kagame (L), upon his arrival at the Urugwiru State house in Kigali during a two-day state visit in Rwanda. (File, AFP)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) inspects a guard of honour, accompanied by Rwandan President Paul Kagame (L), upon his arrival at the Urugwiru State house in Kigali during a two-day state visit in Rwanda. (File, AFP)

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame is praising China's treatment of Africa "as an equal," calling it "a revolutionary posture in world affairs" and "more precious than money."

Kagame made the remarks on Monday after signing bilateral agreements with the visiting Chinese president, Xi Jinping. Xi is the first Chinese president to visit Rwanda.

Jinping arrived in Rwanda late on Sunday from Senegal and will also be visiting Mauritius and South Africa, where he will attend a summit of the BRICS emerging economies.

Some African governments increasingly depend on loans from Chinese banks to finance ambitious infrastructure projects.

China is Africa's largest trading partner and it also seeks closer military ties.

China opened its first military base on the continent last year in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti.

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