• "None of the BRI projects have been canceled or stopped" amid the coronavirus pandemic and Ghana needs China's investment to develop and modernize the country.
• George Floyd incident happened due to the systemic injustice in American society and that China and Africa should work together to make the world a kinder and gentler place.
Ghana's ambassador to China said he believed the China-Ghana partnership would strengthen after the COVID-19 pandemic, and noted that the George Floyd incident happened due to the systemic injustice in American society and that China and Africa should work together to make the world a kinder and gentler place.
As for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in the country, Ambassador Edward Boateng told the Global Times in an exclusive interview that "none of the BRI projects have been canceled or stopped" amid the coronavirus pandemic and Ghana needs China's investment to develop and modernize the country.
Ghana's BRI projects include the Tema Harbor expansion, Bui Dam hydroelectricity project, and the development of industrial parks.
Systemic injustice in US
"I hope the George Floyd incident can be the change of the historical and systemic injustice in US society," Boateng said.
It has been more than two weeks since African-American Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis who knelt on his neck. The incident sparked nationwide protests across the US, with demonstrators desperately calling for an end to police violence and racism.
"Floyd's tragic death has brought up the century-long issue which hasn't changed or got any better. But we can see many young generations from all different ethnic backgrounds joining the protests," said the ambassador. "I hope it will be a wake-up call for all leaders, including the US, that it's time to change and treat all people regardless of their ethnic backgrounds."
Ghana has been outspoken over the Floyd incident, with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo joining millions of people across the globe to seek justice for Floyd.
He wrote in a Facebook post that the death of Floyd "carried with it an all too painful familiarity and an ugly reminder. It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism."
Ghana's former President Jerry John Rawlings has also condemned the racist killing of Floyd, saying "Shame on America" in one of his tweets.
"Ghana has always been at the forefront of the Pan-African movement. There is a strong connection between us and African Americans, many of whom came from West Africa," said Boateng.
Pan-Africanism is a worldwide movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all indigenous and diaspora ethnic groups of African descent. Based on a common goal dating back to the Atlantic slave trade, the movement extends beyond continental Africans with a substantial support base among the African diaspora in the Americas and Europe.
The envoy noted that Akufo-Addo in 2018 declared and formally launch