Chinese Vice premier Ji Pengfei had talks on increasing co-operation with Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi on Thursday (August 21) at the beginning of a ten-nation tour of Indian Ocean and Gulf states.
SV Chinese Vice Premier Ji Pengfei and officials in tea plantation (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Woman picking tea TO Vice Premier Ji with Kenya's Minister for Agriculture Mr. Gilbert M'Mbijiwe and examining tea leaves in basket (3 shots)
GV Convoy moving through tea plantation and arriving at factory (2 shots)
CU Mr. Charles Kibe talking to Vice Premier and officials
SV INTERIOR Vice Premier and party touring factory
CU Mr. Kibe presents box of tea to Chinese party
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Background: Chinese Vice premier Ji Pengfei had talks on increasing co-operation with Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi on Thursday (August 21) at the beginning of a ten-nation tour of Indian Ocean and Gulf states. Regional security is expected to be a major topic during the trip which will last until October.
SYNOPSIS: One of the early highlights of Mr. Ji's visit to Kenya was a trip to the Kiambu tea estates north of the capital, Nairobi. Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenyan economy, contributing over one third of the country's gross domestic product.
Vice premier Ji was accompanied on the tour by Kenya's Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Gilbert M'Mbijiwe. Much of Kenya is unsuitable for cultivation and farming is restricted to the highlands, the western plateau and parts of the coast. Tea is one of the country's main cash crops.
Relations between China and Kenya have developed over the past two years and China is building a sports stadium near Nairobi. President Moi says he hopes future co-operation will embrace rice farming. Kenya has had rice shortages throughout this year. President Moi says Kenya's priority at the moment is rural industrialisation and his country is looking forward to sharing China's experience in building up cottage industries.
Kenya recently has granted military base facilities to the United States. Mr. Ji's visit indicated Chinese approval for the increased American military presence in the Indian Ocean and Gulf areas following the Soviet military presence in Afghanistan.