Ellen Extols China for Liberia’s Development

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in line with principle of gratitude has showered praises on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for its many contributions toward Liberia’s post-war development.
Like other partners, President Sirleaf on the National Day of China on September 11, acknowledged the far-eastern country for its tremendous role played in sectors including health, infrastructure and education of Liberia.
Not forgetting the most recent one during the period of health crisis in the country, the President recalled that China was the first to respond to the health emergency need of Liberia during the Ebola.
“China was the first to respond to Liberia’s need during the Ebola crisis with materials and equipment. China also sent a cargo plane loaded with equipment and materials worth US$1.8 million, and constructed a 100-bedroom Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) and equipped same with trained medical staff,” President Sirleaf noted.
She also acknowledged that Liberia-China relations have been carried out by both countries with due respect and the spirit of cooperation.
According to President Sirleaf, Liberia and China have continued to uphold the United Nations Charter and respect each other’s sovereignty with equality.
China has remained one of the major development partners to Liberia since its civil war ended 12 years ago, and has assisted in areas of infrastructure, education and health, and its promised projects including the ministerial complex and renovation the SKD Sports Complex, amongst others still standing by to be completed.
Regarding these promised projects, President Sirleaf said though she has been angry over the delay, she cannot blame the people of China but can only say, “Liberia is waiting.”
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue also acknowledged strides Liberia is making in its post-Ebola recovery and reiterated that China is going to speed up with constructions of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), the ministerial complex, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, annexes of the National Legislature and the diplomatic lounge of the Roberts International Airport.
He also promised that China will help Liberia to break the bottlenecks in development such as insufficient infrastructure and human resources.
“China will encourage and support Chinese enterprises to participate in the development of infrastructure in various ways and will promote capacity-building for Liberia by sending more experts to Liberia and providing more training opportunities in China,” Ambassador Yue added.
Furthermore, Ambassador Yue said China will also enhance the cooperation with Liberia in manufacturing sector so that Liberia can make best use of and add value to its own resources and improve its sustainable self-development capacity.
Meanwhile, the 66th National Day of the People’s Republic of China also marked its 70th anniversary of victory of Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese aggression and the world Anti-Fascist War.
During World War II, Japan proved to be the strongest in the east, waging war against neighboring countries including China, but China fought for 14 years and at the end claimed victory over Japan.
Japan’s aggression especially came to a halt when United States retaliated with the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the bombing it (Japan) carried out against the U.S. on Pearl Harbor.

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