V.P. Appeals to China to Help Strengthen Liberians' Acrobatic Skills

Sunday, 5th July 2009

Shanghai, China - Liberia's Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, has appealed to the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhou Yuxiao, to consider sending acrobats to Liberia to build the acrobatic skills of young Liberians. "We declare holidays with no event. So I have talked to the Chinese Ambassador requesting that his Government send about five trained acrobats to Liberia to teach acrobatics in Liberian schools, so that those who benefit from such training will entertain Liberians," Vice President Boakai said.

Vice President Bokai stressed the need to diversify recreational activities to help keep youth busy, noting, "When the mind is not idle, it will not think off devilish things to do." He was speaking on July 5 in Shanghai after watching an acrobatic show at Shanghai Center.

A visibly impressed Vice President hailed Chinese acrobatics as one of the best in the world, noting that if introducted in Liberia, it will help not only to detraumatize war affected youth, but also help
create avenues for them to keep themselves busy.

Vice President Boakai and party arrived in Beijing the morning of the 5th of July, and flew to Shanghai where he and his delegation are expected to stay until the evening of July 7.

The Vice President and party were met upon arrival at Beijing Airport by the Vice Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of China, Mr. Fujihong, Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, as well as staff of the Liberian Embassy, including Ambassador Neh Dukuly.

On July 6, Vice President Boakai visits the Jiading Agriculture Park in Shanghai, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and the Shanghai Museum.

He is also expected to meet with the Vice Mayor of Shanghai City, Mr. Tang Dengjie.