Newly-accredited Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Fu Jijun says Chinese President Xi Jinping is looking forward to President George Weah’s view and suggestion on what can be done to further strengthen China-Liberia relation.
Ambassador Fu Jijun is succeeding Ambassador Zhang Yue, whose term of duty expired this year and has taken an assignment elsewhere in the world.
The new Chinese Ambassador did not give a synopsis of what is expected of President Weah in building China-Liberia relation; nevertheless, he described Liberia as a prosperous country with huge resources and a diligent people willing to work.
In diplomacy, two or more countries engage in relationships with bottom line interests of seeking benefits that will go to each of them. In this regard, each country sets its agenda and shares with the other in order for both to have a mutual benefit in the relation.
China and Liberia rebuilt their relation under the “One China Policy” during the administration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, which sees no division between Mainland China (Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China.
The relationship has yielded enormous fruits, including academic exchanged programs, infrastructural projects, health and technical support, among others.
As George Weah presides over the presidency of Liberia, he is now under obligation to share his expertise on what can be done to consolidate the ties between Liberia and China as it would be with any other country.
In his speech at a welcoming reception on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Ambassador Fu Jijun disclosed that in September of this year the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit will take place in Beijing, and President Xi Jinping, as well as the President of South Africa who co-chairs FOCAC, have jointly extended warm invitations to all the leaders of the forum members to attend.
“During the Summit, the leaders of China and African countries will uphold the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith, based on the spirit of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, to discuss how to expand the collaboration between China and Africa under the One Belt and One Road initiative,” Ambassador Fu said.
Regarding President Weah, Ambassador Fu said, “President Xi Jinping appreciates that President Weah has accepted the co-chair’s invitation, and looks forward to listening to President Weah’s view and suggestion on further strengthening the cooperation between China and Liberia, and I am confident that the Summit will offer a great opportunity, for Liberia is fully participating in China-Africa cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative, and injects new impetus into the comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and Liberia.”
At the well attended reception, the newly-accredited Chinese Ambassador emphasized that the China-Liberia friendship is inseparable from the great efforts and contributions of Liberians.
“The future of China-Liberia cooperation will still rely on your valuable support and assistance, and as China’s new ambassador to Liberia, I would like to make every effort to deepen the collaboration between our two countries and enhance the friendship between our two peoples,” Ambassador Fu said.
The occasion, marking the takeover of the Chinese Embassy by Ambassador Fu Jijun, was attended by high ranking government officials, including Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel McGill, among others.
Also in attendance was former Vice President of Liberia Joseph Nyumah Boakai.
In brief remarks, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, speaking on behalf of President Weah and the Liberian people, said their arms were opened to receive the Chinese Ambassador and look forward for a mutual relationship between Liberia and China under the “One China Policy.”
She acknowledged China for its numerous contributions to Liberia in times of infrastructural challenge and health disaster, and expressed the hope that Liberia will one day reciprocate the gesture of others by going to their aid.