The Chinese Government Requests Clarification From Kenya Regarding the China Square Dispute

The Chinese Embassy in Kenya has called on the Kenyan government to protect the interests of Chinese enterprises and Chinese citizens in the wake of recent controversy surrounding the closure of China Square.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the embassy noted that creating a business-friendly environment would strengthen the bilateral ties between the two nations and bolster China-Kenya cooperation for the benefit of both countries.

The Embassy urged Chinese nationals in the country to conduct business in accordance with Kenyan laws and regulations and called on the government to intervene and create an equal and business-friendly environment for Chinese investors and traders.

It also noted that a non-arbitrary and non-discriminatory investment environment is vital to the healthy development of bilateral practical cooperation.

China’s Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Wu Peng, echoed the Embassy’s statement and called for tolerance and the creation of a non-discriminatory environment between the two nations. He also noted that Kenya had benefitted from some of the Chinese-run companies that set shop in the country in recent years.

China Square announced its indefinite closure on Sunday, February 26, after reviewing its business model. The closure came days after Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria

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