President Sirleaf Completes Visit to China’s Fujian Province;Returns to Beijing for Formal Ceremonies and Official Talks with President Xi Jinping

Monday, 2nd November 2015
Liberia's Ambassador to China, McKinley Thomas introduces President Sirleaf to a female colleague in Beijing, China.j
Liberia's Ambassador to China, McKinley Thomas introduces President Sirleaf to a female colleague in Beijing, China.j
Photo Credit: Gabriel W.Mills / Executive Mansion
Beijing, People’s Republic of China - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ended a two-day visit to Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China where she held talks with local officials and toured a number of companies and factories involved with the manufacturing of varieties of fruit juices and canned food.
 
Fujian Province is the home of the current President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Xi Jinping and former Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Lee Songtiang.
 
According to a dispatch, the Liberia leader and delegation returned to Beijing at 8:00 p.m. (Chinese time) Monday evening to continue with activities marking the second State Visit of President Sirleaf to China.
 
She is expected to hold a number of private sector meetings with Chinese companies, attend a formal and official welcoming ceremony to be hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and hold official talks at the Great Hall.
 
Three agreements are expected to be sign during the meeting including the Maritime Agreement with the PRC; an Agreement for Visa Waiver for holders of diplomatic passports and a Technical Cooperation Agreement for the construction of the Ministerial Complex in the tone of 300,000,000 RMB.
 
The President and delegation will later be honored with a State Dinner to be hosted by the President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Xi Jinping at the Great Hall to conclude her visit to the world’s most populous country.
 
The Liberian leader’s two-day visit to Fujian Province was intended to strengthen economic cooperation with the province and attract investors in the agriculture sector particularly fisheries and fruit juice production. She also used the occasion to further consolidate political cooperation and collaboration with the provincial government.
 
Upon arrival in the People’s Republic of China on Sunday, November 1, President Sirleaf and delegation flew to Fujian Province where they were taken on a tour of key agro-processing and manufacturing private sector factories and companies including DAMIN which produces various coffee, tea and other fruit juices; YINLU Food Group, involved with the production of fruits juices, milk products, NESCAFE; as well as a plantation of valuable trees and herbal products, among others.
 
DAMIN owns 60 percent shares of China’s tea market and 15 percent of the world market. They are in partnership with leading companies of the world including Nestle, Starbucks, Coco-Cola, among others.
 
YINLU Food Group was established in 1985 by two brothers from a poor village in Fujian Province and has become a multi-million dollars company that has transformed the communities and provided jobs for thousands of inhabitants.
 
During brief discussions with executives of the various companies during the tour, an interactive session ensued on how these companies can explore the Liberian market with their vast experience, advanced technologies and enhance economic cooperation was proposed.
 
President Sirleaf later held talks with local officials including the Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party and Governor of the Fujian Province, You Quan, Vice Governor Zheng Xiaosong, and Major Pei Jin Jia and others on Monday, November 2, 2015. This was followed by a banquet by the Xiamen Municipal Government.a