BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 14, 2020 (CMC) – The government of China says that it is moving towards deepening the partnership with governments across the Caribbean, “based on the principles of mutual respect and equality and for mutual benefit and common development”.
This was one of the outcomes of a special Vice-Ministerial meeting, held recently, between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China and the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations With China on COVID-19.
The meeting that was held, via videoconference, was chaired by China’s Vice Foreign Minister, Zheng Zeguang, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations, Kenneth Darroux, from Dominica.
The Caribbean countries represented at the meeting were Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
According to a joint communiqué, both sides acknowledged the enormity of the threat, posed by COVID-19, to lives and livelihoods, as well as the resulting deleterious social and economic impacts in China, Caribbean countries and across the world.
“The two sides expressed deep condolences over the lives lost to the virus and heartfelt sympathies to all the patients and their families, and paid high-intensify efforts, in order to deepen their comprehensive cooperation and partnership, based on the principles of mutual respect and equality, as well as mutual benefit and common development,” expressed the communiqué.
The officials also commended the important role of the Consultative Mechanism between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China, in strengthening the relations between China and the Caribbean countries, and agreed that this Meeting was of special significance, especially as the world confronts the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.