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Cablegate: Chinese Delegation to Attend Rwanda Agriculture

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SUBJECT: CHINESE DELEGATION TO ATTEND RWANDA AGRICULTURE
MEETING DEC. 7-8

1. (SBU) During a November 24 meeting with USAID econoff,
Chinese Embassy economic counselor Wang Qin said a delegation
consisting of agriculture experts and Chinese Export-Import
Bank representatives would attend the Comprehensive Africa
Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) conference scheduled
for December 7-8 in Kigali. Wan said that part of the recent
China-Africa summit in Egypt dealt with agriculture, but that
the Chinese government does not have plans to support
agriculture in Rwanda as much as it does in other countries
because Rwanda's hilly terrain makes farming very difficult.
Chinese aid is accordingly modest, and includes rice
demonstration plots and research, as well as assistance with
bamboo handicraft production.

3. (SBU) COMMENT: Although President Kagame has made it clear
he seeks closer economic ties with China as part of Rwanda's
overall development strategy, Chinese-Rwandan cooperation on
agriculture remains quite limited. END COMMENT
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