Remarks of Spokesman of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jamaica on Remarks by Donald Tapia, Ambassador of the U.S. to Jamaica

We firmly reject and strongly condemn the remarks recently made by US Ambassador to Jamaica Mr. Donald Tapia, warning Jamaica against cooperation with China or Chinese enterprises like Huawei on 5G mobile technology infrastructure.


Ambassador Tapia'  allegations  about China and Chinese enterprises are filled with Cold War mentality and hegemonistic mindset, which fully expose the consistent US practice of arbitrarily interfering in other countries' domestic and foreign policies and forcing small and medium-sized countries to choose sides. 


5G technology  is without borders and for the benefits of the people in every country in the world. It shouldn't be politicalized. Huawei and other Chinese enterprises have been doing business in Jamaica in accordance with market principles and international rules, and abide by Jamaican laws and regulations. Operating in Jamaica for more than a decade, Huawei is a localized company with a track record in high quality products, solutions as well as cybersecurity. Without providing any evidence, Ambassador Tapia has stretched the concept of national security and abused his status as an ambassador to influence Jamaica from carrying out normal exchanges and cooperation with certain Chinese enterprises. Such practice goes against market economy rules and the WTO principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination. It is a blatant act of bullying, to which both China and Jamaica should firmly oppose.


The US is in no position to point fingers at China or Chinese enterprises in terms of threatening other countries' national security. Chinese enterprises have been cooperating with local partners all over the world. There has not been a single cybersecurity incident like those revealed by Edward Snowden or WikiLeaks. Not a single tapping or surveillance operation like PRISM, Equation Group or ECHELON has there been. Furthermore, not a single country has produced evidence of so-called threatening national security by products and services provided by Chinese companies. 


Confucius once said, "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others". China believes that all countries, regardless of size, have the right to independently develop foreign relations based on their own interests. Attempts to prevent countries from carrying out normal exchanges and cooperation through pressure and coercion will not succeed and will end up becoming a laughing stock of the international community.


China and Jamaica are strategic partners. Over the years, our two countries have developed good relations based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and conducted friendly cooperation on the basis of consultation on an equal footing and mutual benefit, bringing tangible benefits to the Chinese and Jamaican people. China will work with Jamaica to unswervingly expand and deepen bilateral strategic cooperative partnership. 


People can tell right from wrong. We are convinced that no one will be fooled by Ambassador Tapia's allegations which are nothing but deceiving himself and fawning on somebody at home. The mutually beneficial cooperation and the friendship between the Chinese and Jamaican enterprises and people have laid a solid foundation for the development of bilateral relations. We support the joint efforts of business community and people from all walks of life in both countries to continuously enhance mutual understanding, foster friendship and deepen cooperation so as to accumulate more positive energy for the improvement and development of China-Jamaica strategic relations.  


As a Chinese proverb goes, "Before preparing to improve the world, first look around your own home three times", we encourage Ambassador Tapia to focus on his own business and matters at home with gross racial injustices, the spike in COVID-19 cases and the contracting economy. If he really cares about the development of Jamaica, it would bode well for him, to do something about it and stop spreading rumors and creating trouble. For the sake of members of diplomatic corps, we wish the sense of reason and justice soon come to Ambassador Tapia.



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