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African leaders urged to emulate China

Student leader urges Africa to learn from China’s aggressive developmental drive.

By Lincoln G. Peters 

Monrovia, Liberia, May 1, 2024 – The President of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU) is urging leaders in Africa, especially Liberia, to emulate China’s developmental ingenuity, reforms, and opening up. 

Speaking during the official visit of the President of the All-China Students Federation to Liberia on Monday, April 29, 2024, AASU President Varney A. Jarsey said the history of the Chinese people is one built on the foundation of transforming the lives of all people of the world and contributing to the advancement of humanity. 

Accordingly, he stated that the Chinese miracle of lifting more than 800 million people out of poverty remains one of the most enormous poverty reduction strikes in recorded human history. 

“I want to use this occasion to call on African leaders to take clues from Chinese developmental ingenuity. This development was earned not on the backs of exploitation and slavery but through the sweat, struggle, and overwhelming commitments of the Chinese people, led by ideological men and women of the Communist Party of China,” he noted.

He adds that China has shown the world that a united, courageous people with the right political systems can determine their own destiny.

The student activist believes that today, African Leaders can learn a lot from a country that was once looked down on as the sick man of Asia but has been transformed into a great nation of mass prosperity.

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Responding, the President of the All-China Students Federation (ACSF) Xuhi expressed excitement for the invitation extended to the Federation and termed the engagement as a valuable task for the two institutions to build a stronger collaboration that will foster China and Africa youth exchange, and stressed that the ceremony is the beginning of future cooperation.

“This visit is basically intended to enhance cooperation and solidarity. We will ensure that we enhance and solidify this cooperation with people-to-people exchanges and much more investment in human capacity development’’, he noted.

The All-China Students Federation visited Liberia over the weekend under the auspices of the President of the All Africa Students Union (AASU). Xuxi and his entourage were escorted from the Roberts International Airport to their hotel.

An indoor program was held on Monday, April 29, 2024, at the headquarters of the AASU in Monrovia. Several students from universities and senior high schools across the country, scholars, a delegation of the All-China Students Federation, and representatives of the 55th Legislature, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports attended.

The All-Africa Students Union (AASU) represents all students in Africa in 55 African countries. It’s currently made of 75 member unions. The Union has a grassroots mobilizing capacity with membership cuts across student groups on the Continent and at the national and regional levels.

In his welcoming remarks, Mohammed Kamara, President of the Liberia Students Union (LINSU), welcomed foreign counterparts to Liberia and expressed enthusiasm for the visit.

Mishael S. Feika, Special Assistant to the Assistant Minister of Youth Development, who represented the Ministry of Youth and Sports, indicated that as future leaders, young people have power to improve the already existing cordial relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Liberia. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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