General News of Thursday, 27 September 2018
China has bemoaned the attitude of some Ghanaians who apply for entry visas to the Asian country with fake documents.
This follows complaints by Ghana’s Minority Leader of parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, about the maltreatment of some Ghanaian traders by some Chinese nationals.
But the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang, who paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye on Wednesday, 26 September 2018, said even though it is imperative to deepen bilateral trade relationships and harmonious co-existence between the two countries, Ghanaians wishing to visit China should do so through genuine means.
He said: “There are concerns with visa issues, Ghana is not a big country, the population is about 27 million but you have a very large number of Ghanaians going to China.
“Nigeria has over 200 million people but the number of Nigerians going to China are very close to the number of Ghanaians going to China, so, we have a big pressure at our visa section and every day there is a long queue in front of our visa section.
“The long queue is not the problem, the challenge we face is that every day we received the documents of the visa applicants and many of them are forged documents.”
Ghana and China have deepened bilateral relations in recent times.
During President Akufo-Addo’s recent visit to the Asian country, the President of China, Mr Xi Jinping stressed that he is prepared to work with Mr Akufo-Addo to ensure that relations between the two countries take the lead on the African continent.
He added that the relationship between Ghana and China will ultimately benefit the West African country’s economy by expanding its infrastructural needs.