Presidents Barrow and Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday commended the Gambia for adhering to the one-China principle, and express his readiness to work with the small West African country to continue steering bilateral ties in the right direction.

Speaking at meeting with the Gambian leader, Adama Barrow after the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Mr Xi said his government will continuously enhance political mutual trust with the Gambia. He added that China and Gambia will also continue to to firmly support each other on issues of core interests and major concerns.
According to a story published in the online English language Xinhua newsaper,  the Chinese leader said in the two years since the countries resumed diplomatic relations, they have seen their friendship and cooperation move forward comprehensively and smoothly, and bilateral ties have developed positively and quickly. He added that China is satisfied with the achievements made in the development of bilateral relations.

 “China supports the Gambian government’s efforts in “building the new Gambia,” and is willing to increase pragmatic cooperation and expand people-to-people exchanges with the western African country, Xi said.

“China supports the Gambia’s efforts to enhance peace and security capacity building.”

For his part, President Barrow said almost all heads of state and government of African countries attended the summit, a demonstration of the great importance they attach to China and China-Africa relations.

“It is with great pleasure that the Gambia has returned to the big family of Africa-China cooperation, and the Gambia is satisfied with the achievements the two countries have rapidly made after resuming diplomatic relations, Barrow said.

“China has helped us improve our telecommunications, and road and transport conditions — things that we had wanted to do for many years but failed. Facts have proved that it is a huge mistake for the Gambia to keep the so-called diplomatic relations with Taiwan.”

Barrow said his country will unswervingly uphold the one-China policy without any hesitation and is committed to consolidating the win-win partnership with China, which fully conforms to the will of the Gambian people.

He expressed his believes that cooperation with China will enable the Gambia to speed up its development.