Rwanda hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) inspects a guard of honor, accompanied by Rwandan President Paul Kagame (L), upon his arrival at the Urugwiru State house in Kigali on July 23, 2018, during a two-day state visit in Rwanda.

(CNN)Rwanda's President Paul Kagame played host to two world leaders Monday when China's President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the central African country.

The Chinese President, who is on an Africa tour to cement China's role as one of the continent's closest economic and diplomatic allies, held discussions with Kagame, the present chairman of the African Union on China-Africa cooperation.
From Rwanda, he will also visit Mauritius, meaning his trip will span almost every corner of sub-Saharan Africa, where China's economic clout, and strategic ambitions are growing by the year.
    President Xi and PM Modi will travel to South Africa to attend the BRICS summit later this week. Russian leader Vladimir Putin is expected to participate in the summit on July 25.
      It is the first visit to Rwanda for both leaders. As President Xi departed, Modi arrived in Rwanda on a five-day, three-nation tour of Africa.
      The Indian premier held talks with Kagame on India's investment in key sectors of the country and announced that India would open a High Commission in Rwanda, according to The Times of India.
      During the trip, PM Modi will also travel to a village in Rwanda's eastern province and gift 200 cows as India's contribution to Kagame's flagship "Girinka" one cow, per family program, the newspaper said.
        While India is seeking to boost investment and trade opportunities with Rwanda, China's interests in the country leave India trailing in its wake.
        China is by far Rwanda's largest trading partner and contractor -- with 70% of roads in the country built by Chinese companies.
        China has invested more than $400,000 million in 61 projects and joint ventures over the last 12 years, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei, said.
        Xi Jinping said in a statement that, although the two countries had established diplomatic relations since 1971, his visit was to strengthen bilateral ties, which could increase China's investments in Rwanda.
        Rwanda has increased its regional and global influence under Kagame's leadership and continues to set an example for countries who face similar tasks of development, the Chinese President said.