Chinese Embassy Hosts 3rd ‘Face to Face with China’ Event, Spotlights Economic Growth and Bilateral Relations

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

In an effort to promote people-to-people exchange and foster stronger bilateral ties, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Sierra Leone organized the third session of “Face to Face with China” on Thursday, July 27, 2023. The event, held at the Chinese Embassy on Spur Loop, Wilberforce, brought together notable guests and representatives from various sectors.

Present at the occasion were key figures including the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Amb. Wang Qing, Ge Yao, Acting Political Director of the Chinese Embassy, officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Information and Civic Education, representatives from China-Africa Institute of University of Makeni, Star TV, and journalists.

During the event, insightful speeches were delivered, focusing on sharing experiences from trips to China. Moses Kamara from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Alhaji Mohamed Jaward from the Ministry of Information and Civic Education, Alpha Mohamed Jalloh from China-Africa Institute of University of Makeni, and George Elliot Sam from Star TV, provided vivid accounts of their experiences in China.

In his keynote address, Amb. Wang Qing, pointed out the significance of people-to-people exchange in strengthening the relationship between China and Sierra Leone. He highlighted recent developments in China, particularly in four areas:

Chinese Economic Growth: Amb. Wang Qing revealed that China’s economy had shown remarkable resilience with a GDP growth of 5.5 percent in the first half of the year, indicating a steady recovery. International organizations and institutions, including the UN, World Bank, and IMF, expressed confidence in China’s economic prospects. He also noted increasing interest from foreign companies to invest in China, signifying a positive outlook for the Chinese market.

Fruitful China-Africa Relations: Amb. Wang Qing emphasized the successful China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, which showcased flourishing economic and trade cooperation between China and African countries. This cooperation has expanded to diverse areas, including digital economy, green development, aerospace and finance, benefiting both regions.

Hopes for China-U.S. Relations: Amb. Wang Qing highlighted the importance of China-U.S. relations, stating that recent high-level communication between the two countries offered an opportunity for stabilizing the relationship. He emphasized the need for constructive actions to manage differences and expand cooperation in various sectors.

Strengthening China-Sierra Leone Relations: Amb. Wang Qing conveyed President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory message to President Bio on his reelection after the recent presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone. China reaffirmed its commitment to support Sierra Leone’s economic and social development, promoting a better future for bilateral relations.

Amb. Wang Qing concluded by inviting people to engage in more exchanges, fostering understanding and friendship between China and Sierra Leone. The event provided an essential platform for mutual learning and cooperation, further strengthening the bonds between the two nations.

As the 52nd anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Sierra Leone approaches, the event offered a reflective opportunity to celebrate the shared history and pursue mutual prosperity. The Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone remains committed to promoting friendship, cooperation, and lasting peace for the benefit of both nations and the world.


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