President Xi Jinping due to visit Rwanda

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Kigali-Rwanda-Chinese President Xi Jingping is expected in Kigali in June following Rwanda’s leader Paul Kagame last two weeks, received top officials from China and held talks on trade and military deals.

Kagame visited China in March 2017 and was welcomed by President Xi Jinping and held discussions which took place in ‘Great Hall’.

Though no official statement from both countries has been made yet, sources say Jinping will arrive in Rwanda in July. China is among the top contributing countries to the development of Rwanda in different sectors including Trade, Military, Healthcare, Education, and Infrastructure.

RwandAir, National Carrier plans to launch flight services between Kigali and Guangzhou, China early next year. Last two weeks, Rwanda also received a Chinese military delegation, led by Major-General Zhang Yingli. The group met Rwanda’s Minister for Defence, Gen James Kabarebe, and the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.

Rwanda is also reported to have strong military ties with China, and in recent years it was reported to have procured a state-of-the-art new medium-range surface-to-air defense missile system known as Sky Dragon 50.

According to the Chinese military magazine Kanwa, the Chinese Defence Company Norinco exported the military equipment to Rwanda in a deal whose details were not revealed. Also, the communist party has a strong relationship with the ruling RPF.

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