An eight-member high-level Chinese delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, will arrive in Liberia tomorrow, Saturday, 8 August for a two-day official.
The visit is aimed at further strengthening Sino-Liberia relationship and exchanging views on international and regional issue of mutual interests. It coincides with a visiting 20-man Chinese Business Delegation here to explore business opportunities between the two countries.
According to the Executive Mansion, Minister Wang and official delegation will arrive tomorrow, Saturday at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County on-board a chartered flight. While in Monrovia, he is expected to meet with his Liberian counterpart, Foreign Minister Augustine KpeheNgafuan and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, respectively.
He is also expected to hold a joint press conference with Minister Ngafuan to be attended by local and international journalists, including a Chinese media delegation before departing Liberia on Sunday, 9 August.
Mr. Wang Yi is a member of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee.
He was born in 1953 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China and is a 1982 graduate of the Beijing International Studies University and holds a Master Degree in Economics.
He has been with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for most part of his career. As a distinguished diplomat, he served in Japan and, worked for many years in the Asian Department of the Foreign Ministry in Beijing.
He was promoted to vice minister in 2001 and became ambassador to japan in 2014. Mr. Wang also served as a member of the 17th Communist Party of China Central Committee as well as director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council from 2008 to 2013.
Already, a 20-member Chinses Business Delegation is in Liberia and has been meeting with top-level officials of the Government of Liberia. The Chinese delegation, including representatives of Chinese companies, was accompanied here by Liberia’s Ambassador accredited near Beijing, D. McKinley Thomas.
The visiting delegation, dubbed “2015 Sino-Liberia WIN-WIN Visit”, is holding major discussions with stakeholders from both government and private entities and will remain in the country for up to August 10, 2015.
Liberia’s Foreign Minister Ngafuan who hosted a dinner for the Chinese Business Delegation in Monrovia last week, said Liberia’s history, since 2006 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power, cannot be fully written if chapters are not dedicated to the very important roles China has played and continue to play in the country’s recovery process from decades of war.
“We cannot talk about Liberia’s development without talking about China and its role,” he emphasized. He named many infrastructures, including the Foreign Ministry that has China’s fingerprints on them.
“During the crisis, some individuals and countries came very close to us; some went far from us, so we know the difference. As bad as that crisis was, it was an opportunity to know our true friends; and China distinguished itself as one of Liberia’s truest friends,” the Minister said.
He disclosed that Liberia has drawn up an Economic Recovery Plan that it use as a blueprint to lead the nation out of the woods, and described the pending visit of his Chinese counterpart here as a “big visit”, promising to do everything necessary to make it a successful and significant one.