|Chinese Embassy in Jamaica and Caribbean Policy Research Institute jointly held a Seminar on China-Jamaica Relations|
On November 27th, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jamaica and Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) jointly held a seminar commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Jamaica. Managing Director of CaPRI Mr. Damian King hosted the seminar. H.E. NIU Qingbao, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, the Honourable Christopher Tufton, Minister of health of Jamaica, and H.E. Ralph Thomas, former Jamaican Ambassador to China, addressed the seminar respectively. Also present were representatives from Jamaican government, academia, NGO and business community, as well as members of Diplomatic Corps.
Ambassador NIU gave a brief introduction of the newly convened 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China's new policy and new measures in further promoting China-Latin American and Caribbean relations, highlighting that China's new journey presents new opportunities to China-Jamaica relations. Ambassador NIU also shared some thoughts on jointly promoting bilateral relations further from the perspective of achieving a new height in mutual political trust, deepening cooperation and foster new prospects for interconnected interests, expanding exchanges and build a new foundation for people-to-people affinity, and strengthening coordination and cooperation in international and multilateral arena.
Minister Tufton, on behalf of Jamaican Government, spoke highly of China-Jamaica relationship of friendship and cooperation, expressed deep appreciation to China's commitment to Jamaica as a true friend and key strategic development partner, which has been contributing significantly to Jamaica's economic growth and development, reiterated heartiest congratulations to President XI Jinping on the successful hosting of the 19th National Congress of CPC and on his re-appointment as General Secretary. Minister Tufton also reemphasized Prime Minister Andrew Holness's view on the Belt and Road Initiative, and looked forward to a new era of even closer friendship between the two countries and peoples.
Ambassador Thomas shared his experience as Ambassador to China and some information of China-Jamaica relations at different historical phases, concluded that the bilateral relations will have a bright future.
Ambassador Richard L. Bernal, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, also joined the speakers in the Q&A interaction section with the audience, exchanging views on bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, capacity building, people to people friendship, as well as China's domestic and foreign policies.