Pres. Weah Speaks Positive Of China Trip; Says Liberia Stands To Benefit

Flash Back: Presidents Xi Jinping and George Manneh Weah

President George Manneh Weah has spoken  positively of his trip to China and the benefit Liberia stands to  accrue with specific reference to the US$54 million grant and other  largesse soon to be revealed.

President Weah termed as successful for the country’s recovery process  his visit to China in terms of the gains made in the area of  re-strengthening its relations with China as well as its support for  agriculture, road, health and technology under the government’s  Pro-Poor Agenda.

China offered a US$54 million grant to Liberia for the construction of  two overhead bridges in Monrovia and US$20 million in food aid.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President made the  comments Sunday at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) upon his  return from China where he joined other African leaders at the 2018  Edition of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

According to him, he has the responsibility to develop the country and  will do everything in his power to build partnership with other  countries to bring Liberia on par with them through infrastructure,  road connectivity, good healthcare system and a good education sector.

The President lauded the Chinese government for the grant given the  country, and revealed that more is expected to follow.

President Weah expressed disagreement with those who underrated the  financial aid China offered Liberia, stating: “No one in his/her sound  mind will not appreciate a gift from a friend. It is always good to be  grateful to people who give you free money to develop your country.”

The President said his government remains committed to the One-China policy.

Dozens of African leaders attended the two-day gathering, which takes  place every three years as the linchpin of Chinese foreign policy in  Africa and the fulcrum of its investment and lending on the continent.

It is also part of China’s efforts to build greater ties with the  African continent, to reinforce China’s image as an emerging  commercial and diplomatic power in Africa, and overshadows the  prospect for coordinating Chinese programs with other players, such as  the United States, in support of Africa’s development objectives.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.