China Lauds Liberia’s “One China Policy” -Amid “US Provocation”

MONROVIA – The Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Mr. Ren Yisheng has commended the sense of purpose of the government of Liberia to acknowledge and be committed to the One China Policy as a mark of respect and recognition of the sovereignty of China and its territorial integrity amid what he called the “US provocation” to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, which according to him is a serious violation of the One-China Principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqué.

Ambassador Yisheng made the assertion on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the premises of the Embassy of China when he held a media meeting to brief the press on a variety of issues, including China’s economic and social development, the Taiwan question, and issues related with Xinjiang, Hong Kong and China-Africa and China-Liberia friendly, pragmatic and win-win cooperation.

“With what all that has been going on to undermine the One China Policy by the US government and her western allies, we are excited that in conversation with officials of government both in private and public, they have assured us that Liberia respects and is committed to the One China Policy which is in recognition of the sovereignty of China and its territorial integrity. We want to commend the government and people of Liberia for standing by us, and we all work together in a win-win cooperation”, Ambassador Risheng said.

Ambassador Yisheng said the President of China Xi Jinping while addressing issues around the status of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang, stated those are China’s internal affairs and concern China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity which should be respected by other countries as the country’s core interests and act prudently.

“On the Taiwan question, Chinese President Xi Jinping has on multiple occasions expounded China’s stance, reaffirming the commitment to resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China’s complete reunification. As he has pointed out, the true status quo of the Taiwan question and what lies at the heart of one-China, are as follows: there is but one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China, and the Government of the PRC is the sole legal government representing China. We have patience and will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and efforts. That said, should the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence” provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line, we will be compelled to take resolute measures”, he said.

Making reference to the recent visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, Yisheng said it is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, adding that it has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence”. China’s firm countermeasures are completely legitimate and justified. All the consequences arising therefrom must be borne by the U.S. side and the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces”, he said.

On the Xinjiang related issues, the Ambassador said for some time now, some Western countries have crazily fabricated lies of the century on Xinjiang-related issues, slandering and attacking China with no bottom line. He asserted that in June 2021 at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the West once again gathered some countries to attack China over Xinjiang and other so-called human rights issues while at the same HRC session, around 100 countries voiced their support to China on issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet through joint or individual statements.

“The so-called Xinjiang issue is entirely a strategic conspiracy of the West to disrupt China from the inside. Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, but about fighting violence, terrorism and separatism. There has been no violent act of terrorism in Xinjiang for five consecutive years and more. The safety and security of people of all ethnic groups have been effectively protected. Today Xinjiang is enjoying security, social stability and good development”, he said.

He said in recent years, over 2,000 people from more than 100 countries, including experts, scholars, journalists, diplomats and religious figures, have visited Xinjiang, witnessing the social security and stability of Xinjiang, and the people living and working in peace and contentment.

The Ambassador who also used the occasion to speak on the China – Africa Cooperation said on China-Africa cooperation, China has upheld the principles of sincerity, pragmatism, amity and good faith, and the principles of pursuing the greater good and shared interests and China-Africa cooperation has become a model for South-South cooperation and international cooperation with Africa.

He told the media that China has helped African countries build more than 13,000 kilometers of roads and railways and more than 80 large power facilities in the 20 years to 2020, while it has also funded over 130 medical facilities, 45 sports venues and over 170 schools, and built a series of flagship projects including the African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa.

He said China’s foreign policy with other countries around the world is based on respecting the sovereignty of every nation and does not take priority interfering in the internal affairs of any nation no matter the circumstances, stressing that the day to day running of any government is the prerogative of its citizens and does not concern China.

He continued that China does not consider placing sanctions on countries based on their internal issues because it has been proven over time that sanctions do not affect officials of government but the ordinary citizens of the country. “China’s priority is to work with the government and its people to improve the living standard of the citizens and bring development and progress to communities”, he said.

“In fact, the so-called debt-trap theory has been rejected by researchers around the world, and they called it a convenient political narrative that is being used by Western politicians in a bid to damage China’s relationship with its development partners.

“According to research released last month by the Debt Justice group in the United Kingdom, African governments owe three times more debt to Western banks, asset managers and oil traders than they do to China. The research indicated that just 12 percent of African governments’ external debt is owed to Chinese lenders compared with 35 percent owed to Western private lenders. Talk of the so-called Chinese debt trap for African countries is pure disinformation, and not a single developing country has suffered because of Chinese loans”, he concluded.

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