The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament and MP for Nsawam Adoajiri, Mr Frank Annor-Dompreh, has described the relationship between Ghana and China as beneficial and good for trade.
The relationship between the two countries he posited is that of a strong economic partnership that has been geared towards development.
He was making a statement on the floor of Parliament today [Tuesday].
The legislator said, the Chinese ‘’is not an alien to the Ghanaian because since the era of the late Nkrumah, Mills, Mahama and the current president, we have traded with them.
‘’Our diplomatic relation with China continue to evolve each new day with a strong tie which we believe must be tightened and not broken till the end of time considering how useful it has been to the economy and the people of Ghana as a whole,’’ he added.
Seconding the statement, the MP for Wa Central, Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo also praised the relationship but was worried the benefits and relationship has been one sided.
The call for Ghana to enhance its relation with China and strengthen it saddens his heart because Ghana has been the beneficiary all the time.
He prayed for a situation where the Chinese will say Ghana has helped them in doing one thing or the other.
‘’That is what defines your worth, importance and cements your sovereignty as a country that cannot be taken away or whose sovereignty cannot be taken away,’’ he said.
On his part, the MP for Madina, Mr Boniface Sadiq said, China has helped Ghana in various sectors of the economy.
Ghana and China have been in technical and economic cooporation right from the inception of independence. China has been very close to Ghana and has supported Ghana for a very long time.’’
China he added has helped Ghana to move forward since we started trading as countries.
In September this year, the President of China Xi Jinping underscored the need for Ghana and China relations to take the lead in Africa.
According to President Xi, the “deep historic bond” between China and Ghana, nurtured by leaders such as Mao Zedong, Kwame Nkrumah and others, has resulted in “a 58-year old tradition of friendship”.
He was confident that, under their joint leadership, Ghana and China would “enrich our friendship, take our bonds of co-operation to new heights, and,
thereby, deliver greater benefits to our two peoples.”
President Xi Jinping made this known, when he held bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, as part of the Ghanaian President’s State Visit to China.
Principal amongst them was the $2 billion Sino-Sure Framework Agreement, which will enable Sino-Hyrdo Corporation, a subsidiary of Power China, to finance and participate in major infrastructure, road and railway construction projects.
President Xi Jinping also indicated that China will provide a grant of 200 million Chinese Yuan, the equivalent of $30 million, to Ghana, to assist in the
effective implementation of the economic policies of President Akufo-Addo.