China vows to boost relations with Liberia

09:50, January 23, 2010      

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with Minister of Forieign Affairs of Liberia Olubanke King Akerele in Beijing, China, on Jan. 22, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

China was willing to work with Liberia to expand cooperation and promote bilateral ties, said Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Friday.

"We should work together to tap potentials for our cooperation," Li said when meeting with Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief Minister of Cabinet Olubanke King Akerele.

Hailing the relations between China and Liberia, Li also discussed China-Africa ties with the minister, saying that the Chinese government attached great importance to the solidarity and cooperation with African nations.

"We will make full coordinations with Liberia and other African nations to fulfill the fruits of the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)."

At the meeting held in Egypt in November 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced eight new measures to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in the next three years.

The eight measures include the fight against climate change, intensification of technical-scientific cooperation, reinforcement of African financial capacities and increased access of African products to the Chinese market.

"We should take follow-up actions in an orderly way and push forward the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership," Li told the Liberian minister.

This would help deepen China-Africa friendship and benefit the African people, he noted.

Akerele was here on a visit at the invitation of her counterpart Yang Jiechi. The two ministers had talks earlier Friday.

Yang said since China and Liberia resumed diplomatic ties in 2003, the two countries had maintained political mutual trust, fruitful economic cooperation and close cultural exchanges.

Yang appreciated Liberia's adherence to the one-China policy and its support for China on the Taiwan and Tibet-related issues.

"China is ready to make joint efforts with Liberia to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen economic cooperation and expand cultural exchanges, in a bid to achieve greater development of bilateral relations," Yang said.

Akerele applauded China's great support and assistance to Liberia, saying her government valued the friendly cooperative ties with China.

Liberia welcomed more Chinese business to make investment there, and was willing to expand cooperation with China in various sectors, she said.

Liberia would also work with China to strengthen communication and coordination on the international and regional issues, such as climate change and reform of the UN Security Council, she noted.

Akerele also spoke highly of China's active and comprehensive fulfillment of the FOCAC fruits, saying that her country would work with China to advance the Liberia-China cooperation and the Africa-China cooperation within the FOCAC framework.

Shortly after the end of the Liberian civil war in late 2003, the West African nation reestablish diplomatic ties with China. China joined the peacekeeping mission in Liberia in December 2003 under a resolution of the UN Security Council.

Source: Xinhua
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