Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, has assured the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the people of Liberia that China will continue to play its role in supporting and cooperating with Liberia to maintain peace and security in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown. Ambassador Yue made the statement over the weekend when he turned over a consignment of equipment, including a fleet of 30 Chinese made police motorbikes, two Chinese made jeeps and several anti-riot gear valued at over 1.3 million RMB to the LNP. According to the Chinese Envoy, the donation was made possible through a request made by the LNP to the Ministry of Public Security of China. “It is the largest police aid from China to Liberia”, Amb. Yue said.The donation comes at a time when UNMIL is drawing down, and Liberia is on its path to post-Ebola recovery. “This donation aims at helping LNP to overcome difficulties of insufficient funds to change the old police equipment, to improve stability and maintenance and anti-riot ability of Liberian police force to play a positive role in guaranteeing long-term security and stability,” the Chinese Ambassador said as he turned over the items to LNP Director Chris Massaquoi.The Chinese Diplomat said China has been active in assisting the Liberian government and the people in their endeavors to reconstruct their country, adding, “We take Liberia’s development as our assistance priorities with the aim to bring tangible benefit to the Liberian people.”He said with the development of bilateral relations, the police exchanges and cooperation between China and Liberia have also been deepened steadily with the protocol signed between China and Liberia. China’s Female Police Unit (FPU) will conduct training of Liberian policemen in the process of handing over of the equipment. “So this handover is not only for hardware, but of capacity,” he added. LNP Director Chris Massaquoi, on receiving the items, lauded the government of China for the gesture, adding that it will help the LNP in addressing the many challenges the force is faced with in providing security to Liberians.Director Massaquoi said China has been a partner in the restructuring process of the LNP stressing that the police will continue to exhibit professionalism in the performance of their duty to Liberians.He said the donation will help the police in getting adequately prepared to respond to the many the challenges that might face them in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has praised Virat Kohli and said the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is a brilliant competitor.Kohli, who missed the first three matches of RCB due to a shoulder injury, returned with a bang slamming his 27th fifty against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. (Kohli won’t give me a Christmas card but I’ll buy him a lemonade: Lyon)Kohli was in sensational form last year, hammering a record 973 runs in the 2016 IPL, including four hundreds. In international cricket too, the India captain was in a scintillating form with close to 2600 runs. He also became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score double centuries in four consecutive series. He first achieved the feat against the West Indies then hit three more against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh. (RCB will be tough to beat with Kohli and De Villiers back: Clarke to India Today)However, his form dipped against Australia before he suffered a right shoulder injury on the first day of the third Test in Ranchi. He missed most part of that match and was ruled out of the fourth and final game, which India won to capture the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”When you step onto the field for you country, you do everything you can to win. That’s the player Virat is. No matter what team he’s in, he goes out there and gives his 100 percent. He’ll do what he has to do to win,” Warner told India Today in an exclusive chat.advertisementWATCH FULL INTERVIEWKohli had taken on the aggressive Australians after the DRS row erupted in Bengaluru and had even taken exception to Lyon’s “head of the snake” remark after India had won the second Test to draw level in the four-match series which they eventually won.While Kohli and Aussie skipper Steve Smith were often embroiled in a war of words in their respective press conferences, there was plenty of sledging in the middle which spiced up an already tense contest.After India had wrapped up their seventh successive series win at the HPCA Stadium, Kohli said his friendships with the Australian cricketers were damaged permanently. However, he clarified later that the comment was meant only for a couple of the Aussies and he continued to share cordial relations with other players. (Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers)Warner termed the India-Australia series as “fantastic”.”We played the best cricket we could to give the fans the entertainment they deserved. It was a fantastic series. Every day of series had something new, that’s what we loved about this series. Expectation was India would win 4-0, we held our own and it came down to the last match,” Warner said.