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|NAIROBI Kyle Emanuel Chargers Jersey , April 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese aid being channeled to Kenya will go a long way to enhance Sino-Kenya ties, a Chinese diplomat said on Friday.
Guo Ce, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said Beijing has a long history of ties with Africa with its foreign aid to the continent having begun in 1956 before most of the countries attained independence.
"In Kenya alone, China has financed nearly 100 projects through grants, interest-free loans and concessional loans to support infrastructure Drew Kaser Chargers Jersey , health, education, agriculture as well as humanitarian assistance," Guo said in a commentary published in a local daily, the Daily Nation.
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Guo said China's foreign aid is based on the Eight Principles for Economic Aid and Technical Assistance that were unveiled in 1964.
However, it was not until 2004 after decades of sustained economic growth that China was able to increase its foreign aid, he added.
Guo said Chinese aid to Kenya conforms to the general idea that such assistance should be in accordance with Kenya's national priorities.
"So we support the goals and flagship projects in the national development agenda, Vision 2030 as well as the Second Medium Term Plan," he added.
He said the Chinese government, moved by the plight of the Kenyans affected by the ongoing drought Casey Hayward Chargers Jersey , decided to donate approximately 22 million U.S. dollars worth of foods stuffs.
"The 21,336 tonnes will in the next few months arrive at the Mombasa Port to bail out for one month the 1.4 million affected by the drought," Guo said.
In 2011 when Kenya suffered a drought, China also donated 20 million dollars worth of emergency humanitarian food aid. The Asian nation has in the past four years drilled 20 boreholes in Western and Eastern Kenya.
"Nearly 20,000 people are already drawing water for their domestic use and livestock," Guo noted. In the environmental protection and climate change front Travis Benjamin Chargers Jersey , China has also been a good partner for Kenya.
"China has worked with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Meteorological Department to protect Kenya's wildlife, combat poaching, strengthen climate prediction as well as tackle climate change," the diplomat said.
In addition, from the 1980s to the 1990s, China helped Kenya build the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi Tyrell Williams Chargers Jersey , the largest stadium in East Africa, with an interest-free loan.
In the area of cooperation in human resource development and education, Guo said China has expanded its training program for Kenyan officials and technicians.
"In 2015 alone, the number of trainees rose to 600, which is the second largest in Africa," he said.
KIEV Jatavis Brown Chargers Jersey , Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The demand for biometric passports in Ukraine is booming after the introduction of the visa-free mechanism with the European Union (EU), the State Migration Service of Ukraine said on Wednesday.
"Currently, between 21,000 and 22,000 biometric passports are issued every day," spokesman Sergey Gunko was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Ukrinform.
Since the beginning of 2017 Trevor Williams Chargers Jersey , the State Migration Service has issued more than 1.8 million of biometric passports, which enable their holders to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period.
Overall, about 4.5 million of Ukrainians, or 10 percent of the country's population, are now holding biometric passports.
The visa-free mechanism between Ukraine and the EU was launched on June 11.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The destructive power released by human-induced and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central United States is actually "indistinguishable Spencer Pulley Chargers Jersey ," a U.S. study said Wednesday.
The finding, published in the U.S. journal Science Advances, contradicted previous observations suggesting that induced earthquakes exhibit weaker shaking than natural ones.
Earthquakes in the central U.S. have increased over the past 10 years due to the expansion of unconventional oil and gas operations that discard wastewater by injecting it into the ground.
About three million people in Oklahoma and southern Kansas live with an increased risk of experiencing induced earthquakes.
A key question is whether these induced earthquakes excite ground motions that are substantially different than those of naturally occurring earthquakes.
To answer this question, the new study used available instrumental recordings to estimate the stress drop -- the difference between the stress across a fault before and after an earthquake -- of 39 moderate-magnitude induced and natural earthquakes in the central U.S and in eastern North America.
Once the faulting mechanism and the depth of the quakes are accounted for, the stress drops of induced and natural earthquakes in the central U.S. share the same characteristics, results showed.
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The study also found that naturally occurring earthquakes in the eastern North America may lead to stronger shaking .