President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reaffirmed her government’s commitment to the One China Policy, an Executive Mansion release said. According to the release, President Sirleaf on Wednesday, September 12, joined Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue, officials of government, members of the diplomatic corps, embassy staff and the Chinese community in Liberia to celebrate the 68th Independence Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
The President said Liberia remains firm on the One China Policy, which has been endorsed and ratified by the Liberian Legislature, and expressed the conviction that any successive government will realize that this is the proper international position to take and respect, and will encourage the quality of cooperation that exists between China and Liberia. She made the statement at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, Monrovia at a ceremony marking the celebration of the 68th Independence Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
President Sirleaf commended Ambassador Zhang for the immense contributions made to the government and people of Liberia and stressed the need that China remains a true partner and friend. President Sirleaf also praised the Chinese Government for the bilateral cooperation. She noted that China has been active in its assistance to the Liberian government and people in their endeavor to rebuild the country. She used the occasion to thank the Government of the PRC for being a major partner in the training of the new Liberian army, and providing technical, logistical and other forms of support, including the fight against Ebola.
Ambassador Zhang said the China-Liberia relationship has enjoyed rapid development over the past 14 years since the resumption of diplomatic ties, especially after this administration took office, adding: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Madam Sirleaf for her continued trust established with the leaders of China to give the China-Liberia relations brilliant leadership and guidance,” he said. He noted that the stock of Chinese investments in Liberia has reached US$300 million, making China one of the major investors in Liberia. Zhang stressed that the smooth construction of the Ministerial Complex, the new airport terminal, the annexes to the Legislature, renovation of the SKD stadium and the airport’s runway rehabilitation are indicative of China’s speed and quality.
The Chinese Ambassador also noted the Agricultural Demonstration Center Project, Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technical Cooperation projects, including the borehole project and technical assistance project to the Liberia Broadcasting System, that are progressing steadily. The Chinese envoy emphasized that China and Liberia have conducted productive cooperation in security, education, health and other sectors. Amb. Zhang pointed out that Liberia has enjoyed peaceful development including consolidated peace and stability under the leadership of President Sirleaf. “We are pleased and appreciative of unremitting efforts the Liberian Government and people have made for the economic revaluation, national reconciliation, and human capacity building under the guidance of the Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030,” he highlighted.