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-Chinese Ambassador RenYisheng

Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, RenYisheng says, unlike Western practices, China never attaches any political conditions to its loans and assistance to Africa. The Chinese Envoy made the statement recently when he addressed the Press Union of Liberia (PUL’s) Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony.

He spoke on the “Role and Responsibility of the Press; China’s Development Achievements; and the cooperation between China and Liberia.”

Ambassador Ren said the media has the functions to provide information services, undertaking early warning of social conflicts, and supervising public power.

To gain credibility, he observed, the media must reflect the facts comprehensively, objectively and impartially, avoid inaccurate reports and fake news, disseminate fresh experience, reflect the demands of the people, and promote fairness and justice.

He emphasized that in recent years, some Western media have fabricated a lot of fake news about China and China-Africa cooperation, adding, “We hope Liberian media will distinguish right from wrong and avoid being deceived. Seeing is believing. We welcome the Liberian journalists to visit China and see all the development and changes with your own eyes.”

Mr. Ren assured that China will continue to implement the policy of “one country, two systems” and “Hong Kong patriots governing Hong Kong” to maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, HKSAR.

He pointed that Fox and some Western media have fabricated many lies about so-called “genocide” and “forced labor” in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to discredit and attack the “one country, two systems” policy and the National Security Law implemented by the Chinese Central Government in the HKSAR.

“The fact is that before the return of Hong Kong to China, none of the members of the HK Legislative Bureau, the legislature at that time, was nominated by the Hong Kong people, and none of them were elected through democratic procedures. All the Governors were British citizens directly appointed by the British government”.

Ambassador Ren continued that after Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, it has held six Legislative Council elections, and four Chief Executives of the SAR have been elected by Hong Kong citizens. Her said over the past 20 years after Hong Kong’s return, the riots that have occurred have been implicitly supported by Britain and other Western countries.

According to him, the excuses are always so-called “democracy”, and since the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed and promulgated the “National Security Law” in 2020, a small number of criminals who seriously endangered national security have been punished, external forces interfering in Hong Kong affairs have been deterred, and Hong Kong has returned to stability.

He then made references to the SKD Stadium, the annexes to the Capitol building, the Ministerial Complex, and the Roberts International Airport terminal built with Chinese assistance, as landmark buildings in Liberia as well as the fly-over bridges on Tubman Boulevard, Somalia Drive-Sinkor Boulevard Road-bridge, clinical reference lab projects, and the provision of Chinese government scholarships and short-term training programs, among others.

Amb. Ren recalled that in 2014, when Ebola broke out in Liberia, China took the lead to assist and became the first country to send a large number of medical experts and supplies here, and that after the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, President Weah and other political leaders of Liberia supported China’s fight against the pandemic.

He said the Chinese government and civil society organizations have successively aided many batches of anti-pandemic materials to Liberia; Chinese-funded enterprises and Chinese community in Liberia have made several rounds of donations of anti-pandemic materials to Liberia, making China’s contribution to Liberia’s fight against the pandemic notable.

He said China is ready to work with the international community to increase support for African countries with severe epidemics and financial pressures, and extend debt relief period to help them overcome current financial difficulties.

The Chinese envoy stressed that China will continue to promote friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Liberia to bring more tangible benefits for both countries and their respective peoples.

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