March 17th, 2016, the Republic of The Gambia and China resumed diplomatic ties.
However, the two countries had first established diplomatic relations in 1974
but China reneged in 1995 when the latter reestablished diplomatic ties with
Three years on, the bilateral cooperation between the two countries has yielded tremendous fruits over a very short period of time.
The Gambia adheres to the one-China principle and as such China is ready to work with The Gambia to continue steering bilateral ties and enhance political mutual trust.
As rightly stated by Ambassador MA Jianchun at a reception hosted for Gambian media personnel on Wednesday, China support The Gambia’s efforts in achieving the goals of national development.
Beijing, he added, is willing to enhance pragmatic cooperation and expect exchanges in all areas with The Gambia.
Suffice it to state that the bilateral cooperation that binds the two countries ranges from investment and trade, communication infrastructure, road and bridges, concessional loan, and human resource development through knowledge transfer and training.
The 2017 state visit to China detailed specific practical outcomes to support The Gambia in its human resource in Agriculture, education and tourism. In the area of infrastructural development, China has committed to investing over 75 million dollars for the construction of the Basse-Koina road, bridges at Fatoto-Passamance and Basse-Wuli crossings in the Upper River Region of The Gambia.
The agreement also included the development of the national internet broadband, as well as promotes The Gambia as destination for Chinese tourists and investors.
China has over the past thirty years experienced unprecedented economic growth.
On China’s polices towards future economic development, reform and opening-up, Ambassador MA assured that China is pressing ahead with supply-side reform, continuing to streamline administration, keeping on building better infrastructures and accelerating reform related to state-owned assets and enterprises.
It may wonder one as to why China was able to register this unprecedented achievement over time. Well, the secret behind their success, is due to fact that China has instilled values of discipline, professionalism, respect for authority and rule of law in their interactions and engagements in providing services. These values coupled with commitment of civil servants and civil society members have contributed to the rapid development of modern China.
“I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.”