New Chinese Ambassador Presents Letters of Credence

Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the People’s Republic of China for its continuous support to Liberia’s reconstruction. Liberia, the President maintained, remains solid on the One China Policy, cautioning that those planning to attend a conference to be held in Taiwan this month, ‘should do so purely in a private capacity,’ emphasizing that ‘Liberia’s flag should not be hoisted’.

An Executive Mansion release says President Johnson Sirleaf spoke on Wednesday when she received the Letters of Credence of His Excellency Zhou Yuxiao, (Joe-You-Jao) Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Liberia. The Liberian leader acknowledged the invaluable contribution by former Chinese Ambassador Lin Songtian and expressed gratitude to China for its support in helping Liberia achieve debt relief. The President recalled the warm reception Liberians accorded Chinese President Hu Jintao during his recent visit to Liberia, describing  the occasion as ‘one of the best things to have happened to Liberia in the recent times’.

For his part, Ambassador Zhou (Jao) praised President Johnson-Sirleaf for the progress made under her leadership to promote social and economic development. He said his country is grateful that Liberia has adopted a ‘One China Policy’, stressing that frequent and regular high level visits have enhanced mutual understanding and political trust. The Chinese envoy further emphasized that his government will do its utmost to assist Liberia’s economic and social development. Developing friendly relations with Liberia, the New Chinese ambassador said, is a set policy’.

Also present at the ceremony were outgoing Foreign Minister Ambassador George Wallace; Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Edward McClain and Assistant Foreign Minister for Afro-Asian Affairs Henry Fahnbulleh.