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Cablegate: Chinese Delegation Plans to Attend Dec. 7-8

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

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.

2. (SBU) 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.
SYMINGTON

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