Grenada and the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 15th year of the resumption of diplomatic relations with a cocktail ceremony at Radisson Resort last week Tuesday.
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada, His Excellency Dr Zhao Yongchen joined the gathering to celebrate the diplomatic landmark. He extended gratitude on the behalf of the Chinese Embassy to the Grenadian government officials, business representatives and academic elites gathered for the ceremony, as well as citizens from all walks of life that have actively supported and promoted China-Grenadian friendship and pragmatic cooperation over the years.
Dr Zhao recalled that on January 20th, 2005, the People’s Republic of China and Grenada signed the joint communiqué, announcing the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and opened a new chapter of bilateral exchanges and that over the past 15 years the two sides have committed to mutual respect, assistance and common development in pursuit of respective development and prosperity. He noted that bilateral relations have developed steadily with the guidance of the leaders and joint efforts of both sides, which not only benefitted two countries and peoples but also effectively promoted China-Caribbean cooperation.
According to Ambassador Zhao, the past fifteen years have also witnessed active and colourful cultural exchanges between the two countries. Since the official establishment of the Confucius Classroom at T. A. Marryshow Community College in October 2015; 1,855 Grenadians have taken Chinese courses there. By the end of 2019, more than 2,100 Grenadians had participated in training and advanced education. Among them, 200 Grenadian students were awarded Chinese Government scholarships to study in China with more than 1,900 persons participating in short term training courses.
The ambassador went on to note that close contact between the people holds the key to sound state-to-state relations and as Chinese Ambassador to Grenada he often engages with the local community and exchanges with local people, fully enjoying their kindness and enthusiasm for China and Chinese.
The world, he added is undergoing complex and profound changes, but the trend of peaceful development and win-win cooperation has not changed even though Latin America and the Caribbean are facing many challenges of development. China is still very confident, he said with the prospects of Latin America and the Caribbean as China always attaches great importance to China-Grenada relations and cherishes the friendship and cooperation with Grenada.
“As Chinese Ambassador to Grenada I look forward to taking the opportunity of celebrating the 15th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between our two countries, working together with you to push our friendly relations to a new height, with a view of how to develop China-Grenada friendly relation in the future,” he commented.
Minister for Foreign Affairs & Labour, Peter David in his remarks said that the relations between Grenada and China has been increasingly progressive and respectful and it is a shining example of the correctness and the constructive relation between nations, even the very large and the very small.
He added, it is clear that the challenges the world community faces can only be successfully tackled through cooperation among nations and a renewed commitment to multilateralism.
He insisted that those are principles we may have otherwise all taken for granted except that recent history and trends have shown that they need to be restated, re-affirmed and recommitted to issues relating to the world’s economic order. “International security, the advancement of peace and tackling climate change can only be successful through the commitment of each nation concerning international law & norms. In this regards, China has been a shining example.
Grenada is pleased that the People’s Republic of China has continued to be a good faithful partner and the force for good in seeking to maintain world order that respects the right of people in all regions to carve their destiny.
Our people to people ties are the best part of these relations. To give people a deeper meaning to the rich history that is already shared we will explore creative ways to deepen cultural ties, expand cooperation in the arrears of training in technology and sports and seek to influence the establishment of transportation links that will encourage tourism”.
Minister David formally placed on record Grenada’s satisfaction and pleasure with the deep and meaningful relations between St. George’s and Beijing as well as an expression of renewed commitment to continuous cooperation at the international level for the mutual benefit for our people.