China would support Ghana Government’s Policies-Chinese Ambassador

Robert Anane GNA

Accra, Sept. 28, GNA –
China appreciates and supports policies by the Ghanaian government, such as the
One District One Factory, Free Senor High School and the Ghana Beyond Aid

China would work
together with Ghana to ensure these policies are implemented.

Mr. Shi Ting Wang,
Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, said this at a reception held to celebrate the
69th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and to also
give a briefing on the Beijing Summit, of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

He observed, that just
as Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s founding father, once said the “independence of
Ghana was meaningless unless it was linked to the total liberation of the
African continent, China’s development is incomplete, if my brother countries
are still suffering poverty.”

Mr. Shi Ting Wang
noted that the recently held summit of the Forum on FOCAC in Beijing, had achieved
a lot of important outcomes, with Chinese and African leaders, jointly
agreeing, to build an even stronger China-Africa Community, with a shared
future that assumed joint responsibility, pursued win-win cooperation, shared
happiness by all, enjoyed cultural prosperity, shared common security and
promoted harmony between man and nature.

The Chinese ambassador
recalled that Chinese President, Xi Jinping, pointed out at the summit, that
China valued sincerity, friendship and equality, in pursuing cooperation with

“China respects
and loves Africa, and follows a (Five No Approach) principle in our relations
with Africa,” Mr. Shi Ting Wang said.

The Five No Approach
are, No interference in African countries’ pursuit of development paths that
fit their national conditions, No interference in African countries internal
affairs, No imposition of China’s will on African countries, No attachment of
political strings to assistance to Africa, and No seeking of selfish political
gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa.

Mr. Shi Ting Wang,
also said the Chines President announced at the summit that China would launch
eight major initiatives towards Africa’s development.

He mentioned them as
industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, green
development, capacity building, healthcare, people to people exchange, peace
and security, adding that, this would be in close collaboration with African
countries, including Ghana, in the next three years and beyond.

To ensure that these
eight initiatives are implemented, China would extend USD 60 billion of
financing support to Africa, in the form of government assistance, as well as
investment and financing by financial institutions and companies, the Chinese
Ambassador said.

“With the
guarantee of the above mentioned initiative and funds, we firmly believe that
China-Ghana and China-Africa cooperation would open up broader prospects,”
said the Chinese ambassador.

Mr. Shi Ting Wang said
the win-win cooperation approach was the only way to go with China-Africa
relations, adding that, China followed the principle of giving more and taking
less, giving before talking and giving without asking for returns.

“Just as an
African saying goes, a candle will not dim out from lighting another candle,
but only make the whole world much brighter,” he said.

The Chinese Ambassador
noted, that China-Ghana cooperation was the epitome of cooperation between the
two countries, adding that, China had always regarded Ghana as a reliable
friend and a good partner for common development.

Mr. Shi Ting Wang said
it was worth noting, that China remained Ghana’s largest trading partner and
main source of foreign investment, with China’s non-financial direct investment
to Ghana reaching US$ 3.2 billion by the end of 2017, including infrastructure
development, electricity, aviation, building material and a number of other

The Chinese ambassador
observed that besides the various areas of cooperation between the two
countries, people to people exchanges was one typical area of cooperation.

“China currently
provides the largest number of scholarships and short-term training
opportunities to Ghana, and presently, 6,500 Ghanaian students are studying in
China, ranking top among all African countries,” said Mr. Shi Ting Wang.

The 21st century, he
said, was not only for Asia but Africa as well, adding that, Ghana was a
gate-way country in the development of Africa.

The Chinese ambassador
said China was ready to join efforts with Ghana to seize the opportunity
presented by the FOCAC Beijing summit, and the state visit by President Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to focus on the implementation of the Eight Major
Initiatives, uphold the principles of planning together, building together,
sharing together and jointly promoting bilateral relations between the two

The occasion was
attended by ministers of state, members of the diplomatic corps, and several
state dignitaries.

There was a mix
performance of both Chinese and Ghanaians entertainment groups at the function.


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