China and Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with it Held a Special Vice Foreign Ministers' Meeting on COVID-19
2020/05/14
 
On May 11th, China and Caribbean countries having diplomatic relations with it held a special vice foreign ministers' meeting on COVID-19 via video link. Delegates from China and nine Caribbean states attended the virtual meeting co-hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang and Foreign Minister Kenneth Darroux of the Commonwealth of Dominica. They held in-depth exchange over issues including domestic COVID-19 situation and response, China-Caribbean cooperation in fighting the pandemic, and the two sides' coordination and cooperation in international affairs, reaching wide consensus. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica attended and addressed the meeting.

Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, attended the meeting. She introduced the situation and impact of COVID-19 in Jamaica and the measures taken by the Jamaican government, expressed gratitude to the Chinese government, enterprises and communities in Jamaica for their donations, welcomed bilateral and multilateral cooperation in fighting against COVID-19, and asked China and the international community to help small island states overcome the difficulty in financing and development.

This was an important meeting between China and Caribbean countries at a crucial juncture in the global fight against COVID-19. All sides expressed readiness to enhance cooperation in prevention and control and jointly uphold global health security. The Caribbean side also expressed objection to politicizing, stigmatizing and labeling practices under the pretext of the pandemic, and support for WHO's leading role in the global response. Caribbean countries reiterated their commitment to the one-China principle and to mutual assistance with China on matters concerning each other's core interests and major concerns. China highly appreciates this.

China and the Caribbean countries have been supporting and assisting each other in the fight against COVID-19, adding a new chapter to China-Caribbean friendship. This virtual conference served to steer the two sides' next-stage cooperation in fighting the pandemic.

Going forward, China will continue to firmly support the Caribbean side's efforts against COVID-19, share our containment experience and treatment solutions, offer material and technical assistance, and facilitate foreign purchase of medical materials in China. Meanwhile, we will actively expand all-round practical cooperation with the Caribbean countries in areas like trade and investment and strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional organizations to elevate relations to a new level.

The pandemic will pass eventually but what China and the Caribbean countries have is an enduring relationship. The friendship and cooperation between the two sides, after the test of this pandemic, will emerge stronger and more profound.

 

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