“We take Liberia’s development priorities as our assistance priorities and aim at bringing tangible benefits to Liberian People,” Yang Jun, Charge d’ Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Liberia said in a NewDawn report. “China and Liberia are both developing countries with similar aspirations of achieving sustainable development.”
Jun spoke this week at the 86th anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, NewDawn reported. He commended contributions that China has made to Liberia, the nations’ friendly relationship and recognizable progress.
While new projects — to be built on behalf of China — are already in the works, the people of Liberia are currently benefiting from use of the Agricultural Demonstration Center, the SKD Sports Stadium, the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia, the new Ministry of Health and Social Welfare building and a host of borehole wells in addition to other facilities.
In 2012, bilateral trade volume between China and Liberia capped off around $3.6 billion, according to NewDawn. Liberia ranks 5th amongst the top West Africa countries that trade with China.
NewDawn also reported that China will be assisting with the renovation of Liberia’s Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center. Construction of two legislative executive annexes and a government ministerial complex are still in planning phases.
“As the Chinese people under the new leadership headed by President Xi Jinping are pursuing their ‘Chinese Dream’, the Liberian people led by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf are dedicated to the cause of national peace, reconciliation and development and becoming a middle-income goal before 2030, which may I say, a Liberian dream,” Jun added.
The nation has also extended an invitation for Liberians to study in China via 70 government scholarships and more than 200 training opportunities, according to NewDawn. The annual initiatives, Jun says, contribute to fulfilling the Liberian peoples’ dreams.
“China, as a good friend of Liberia and in collaboration with other international partners, sincerely wishes to contribute to the process of making that dream come true,” Jun said.