President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, at the start of a four-day state visit to the world’s most populous nation.
According to a dispatch, President Sirleaf and her delegation arrived in Beijing at about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, following a successful visit to India where she participated in the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit.
President Sirleaf was met on arrival at the Beijing International Airport by high-level Chinese officials headed by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming and the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, as well as Liberia’s Ambassador to China, McKinley Thomas and other officials of the Liberian Embassy near Beijing.
Shortly thereafter, President Sirleaf and delegation departed Beijing for Xiamen City in Fujian Province for a day visit to an agriculture, fishing and juice factory. She returns to Beijing today for the start of official activities of her visit.
Before leaving New Delhi, the President, on Saturday, October 31, delivered a lecture organized by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries.
She spoke on a wide range of international issues including the 2030 Global Development Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals; the establishment and history of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), with emphasis on the involvement of the African continent and its leaders. Other issues covered in her lecture include the Group of 77 and the role of Liberia, the foundation and operations of the United Nations, the Africa Rising 2063 Vision, and gender equality.
President Sirleaf and delegation were guests at a dinner organized and hosted by the Honorary Counsel of Liberia in India and Executive Director of BIRDGROUP, Ankur Bhatia, at one of his hotel complexes in New Delhi, India.
To help expand the service industry, Mr. Bhatia reportedly intends to explore the possibility of extending his venture to Liberia to help enhance the country’s economic development programs and job creation efforts.