U.S. ‘Not Deterred’ by China’s Huge Presence

first_imgThe Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy accredited near Monrovia, Sheila Paskman, has said that her government is not deterred by the huge influx of Chinese interests in Africa, especially Liberia where two high powered Chinese delegations – business and political, respectively – have arrived in the space of one week.A high-powered Chinese Business delegation to Liberia last week expressed investment interests in key sectors of the nation’s economy. This delegation, however, served as the pathfinders for the subsequent arrival of a delegation headed by that country’s Foreign Minister WANG Yi.Both delegations pledged to invest in Liberia with members of the business delegation expressing investment interests in some of the country’s major resources or investment potentials including the Wologisi Mountain range in Lofa County, and the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport (RIA). Minister Wang also promised his government assistance in the country’s post-Ebola recovery process.Madam Paskman, a career US diplomat with extensive China experience prior to her assignment in Liberia, said the U.S. is not and will not be deterred by the presence of Chinese in any part of the world, whether in Liberia or not.“We need a lot of international intervention to help the country’s recovery from the effects of the Ebola crisis and the coming of China for such a purpose is of no threat to the United States,” she said.She made the clarification when she spoke at the Cocktail dinner in honor of Minister Wang at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia over the weekend.“I’m not worried. We need collaboration to help Liberia in her recovery,” she said with laughter.For his part, Minister Wang said that China will stand by Liberia without any precondition.“I am also here to send a clear and strong signal to Liberians and the international community that the Chinese people will be standing together with Liberia, not always during difficult times, like the days of Ebola outbreak, but also with its economic recovery agenda,” he said.He said Ebola crisis had devastating effects on the affected countries as a result of lack of development and poverty.He stressed that China will not attach any political condition or impose any request on any African nation that they intend to help.Minister Wang noted that future cooperation will focus on infrastructure development, adding that they will encourage China’s companies to take more active part in Liberia’s resources development.He said China was open to Liberia in all areas, adding that both China and the United States have agreed to renovate the RIA.Mr. Wang said such cooperation can be explored in many other areas in Liberia.The Chinese Foreign Minister highlighted the need for industrialization, which he said is critical as far as Liberia’s natural resources are concerned.He said the country’s priority areas are not just critical, but strategic to the progress and development of Liberia. “China,” he said, “was prepared to assist in the training of human resources as well as provide technical assistance aimed at improving infrastructure.”At a meeting with Minister Wang, President Sirleaf recommitted her government to the “One China Policy.” Also, at the level of the United Nations, specifically in the context of Security Council reform, President Sirleaf reminded Minister Wang of Africa’s common position, known as Ezulwini Consensus, which was endorsed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC); while they committed to work together even at the level of the UN Ambassadors in New York.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Drama on LFA 1st Division League Table

first_imgPlayers from the LFA 1st division leagueFC Fassel and Monrovia Club Breweries lose points for fielding illegal players; Watanga, Jubilee, Barrolle and LISCR benefitDays after it was reported that FC Fassel was just few steps away from clinching their first ever championship, there has been a dramatic shift in the league table after points were deducted from FC Fassel and Monrovia Club Breweries.According to an official communication, 12 points were deducted from FC Fassel after two separate protests were filed by LISCR FC against the Soccer Missionaries and one against Monrovia Club Breweries for fielding illegal players.A complaint was filed by LISCR FC against FC Fassel for fielding player Jeremy G. Saygbe in FC Fassel’s matches against Mighty Barrolle and Jubilee FC on May 31 and June 19 respectively; matches that the player should have missed thus rendering him as an illegal player.According to the finding from the committee, player Saygbe was shown a red card in their match against Watanga FC on April 14, 2017 and missed two games instead of three.“The committee recommends that the result of the match (Barrolle vs. FC Fassel) be reversed as follow: Barrolle 2-0 Fassel; and the result of the match (Jubilee vs. FC Fassel) also be reversed as follow: Jubilee 2-0 Fassel,” the committee’s ruling states.In the second protest, FC Fassel was found guilty after it was established by the committee that midfielder John Jaysay was fielded against Watanga FC both at home and away on March 22 and April 14 respectively.The committee therefore recommended that the results of the two matches also be reversed 2-0 against Fassel for both home and away.Midfielder Jaysay, according to the finding, was shown yellow cards in three matches against MC Breweries, LPRC Oilers, and Nimba United, therefore resulting in a one match ban in keeping with Chapter 20, Article 27, Section 1.0 of the LFA statute.Third place Monrovia Club Breweries was also found guilty of similar offense for featuring player Benjamin Blapoh against LISCR FC on June 26, 2017, having received three yellow cards against Mighty Barrolle, Keitrace and ELWA United.“The committee recommends that Monrovia Club Breweries forfeits the match to LISCR with three points, two goals.”The match between LISCR and Breweries ended 1-1; therefore additional two points have been added to Coach Tapha Manneh’s side, summing it to 40 points out of 20 matches.Due to the ruling of the protest, there have been a change of positions on the league table with LISCR FC on top and needing just two points from their last two matches.Barrack Young Controllers is now seated second on goal difference — leveled on points with MC Breweries — 35 points apiece, while Watanga FC have moved four places from their previous 8th place position.FC Fassel is now 5th on the table-leveled on points with Nimba United-with 31 points, but top on goal difference, while Jubilee moved to 6th place, three points above Keitrace. Mighty Barrolle is now five points above the relegation zone.However, FC Fassel still has a chance to file in an appeal to the grievance and ethics committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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