The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Li Zhuang, has put Liberian presidential candidates on the alert about Taiwan, warning against doing business with authorities of that country.
“It is known that Taiwan authorities still have underground information channels and brokers in Liberia now as they would make use of the October 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections through “Dollar Diplomacy,” he added.
The Chinese envoy made the statement over the weekend at the Edward Wilmot Bladen intellectual forum organized by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
Li pointed out that Taiwan authorities are prepared to do business with some politicians, especially presidential candidates by providing campaign funds in order to establish or maintain so-called “diplomatic relations” when they come to power.
He noted that Taiwanese authorities are attempting to enlarge their international space by making use of some countries’ political situations and temporary economic difficulties through “dollar diplomacy” or other means.
Speaking on the topic: “One China Policy: Its Impact In Africa,” the Chinese diplomat said in this context, both China and Africa, including Liberia, are required to be on an alert of the true motives of Taiwan and deal with the Taiwan issue cautiously.
Li said the Taiwan authorities will do this by supporting politicians with campaign money which will set obstacles and also make troubles in the development of China-Liberia relations.
He indicated that some Liberians don’t understand the one China policy comprehensively for their personnel interests or are blinded by Taiwanese authorities.
“They might have some incorrect understanding on the Sino-Liberia relations, and could therefore also tamper with smooth development of the bilateral relations,” he noted.
He pointed out that historically, China-Liberia relations were hurt and suspended twice because of the Taiwan issue and the Liberian people did not benefit from the so-called “diplomatic relations”.
Li said that the Chinese Government appreciates that the Liberia Government adheres firmly to the one China policy, and added that they are willing to develop friendly relations with all Liberians and political parties on the basis of a one-China policy and to further strengthen China-Liberia partnership.
He added: “We hope that the Liberia people and the political parties will continue to cherish what we have achieved over the past 14 years since our two countries resumed the diplomatic ties.”