Source: Ministry of national Defense PRC/Xinhua
John Dramani Mahama Vice President of Ghana
According to the Xinhua, John Dramani Mahama, vice president of the Republic of Ghana, met with Liang Guanglie, the visiting state councilor and minister of national defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in the presidential palace on the morning of November 24, 2011, local time.
Mahama said that Ghana is one of the first sub-Saharan African countries to have established diplomatic relations with China. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Ghana and China have carried out extensive exchanges and cooperation in such fields as politics, economy and trade and culture. China has set a good example in developing itself for the vast number of developing countries, and China’s achievements in economic construction have greatly inspired the African countries including Ghana.
Mahama expressed that the friendship between Ghana and China is of great importance for Ghana. The first visit to Ghana by a Chinese minister of national defense holds great historic significance. He believed that this visit will surly promote the relations between the two countries and the two militaries to a new high.
Liang Guanglie expressed that since the two countries established diplomatic relations 51 years ago, the friendly relations between China and Ghana have developed constantly. Especially in recent years, the high-ranking officials of the two countries have exchanged frequent visits and kept communication and consultation in international and regional affairs, which has played a positive role in maintaining international and regional peace and stability.
Liang Guanglie expressed that the Chinese side attaches great importance to the development of the relations between the two countries and the two militaries, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Ghanaian side to constantly push forward the development of bilateral relations. The Chinese military is also willing to make concerted efforts with the Ghanaian military to strengthen the exchanges and cooperation to promote the overall and in-depth development of the bilateral relations.
Liang Guanglie and his party arrived in Accra, capital of Ghana, on November 22, 2011, for a three-day-long visit to Ghana. During the visit, Liang Guanglie held talks with his Ghanaian counterpart Joseph Henry Smith, and visited some military units of Ghana.
Edited by Liu Wanyun