Member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) – Tianjin Municipal Committee, Zhang Gaoli presents, Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart a gift of a vase from his homeland during a courtesy call today at Ilaro Court. (C.Pitt/BGIS)??

Barbados and China have pledged to strengthen the already good relations that exist between the two countries.?? Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhang Gaoli, gave this assurance today during a meeting at Ilaro Court.

Mr. Stuart said there was evidence of the more than three decades old fruitful relationship between the two countries across Barbados, and he alluded to projects such as the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Complex on Constitution Road and the Garfield Sobers Complex, Wildey, all in St. Michael, as proof of such collaboration.????

"So, there is evidence that this relationship has been fruitful.?? I was very pleased to be hosted by China last year where I experienced a warm hospitality of your great country," he added.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the twin interests of renewable energy and pointed to the economic and technical agreements in place to effect this.

In turn, Mr. Zhang, who is also the head of the Chinese delegation, also praised the harmonious relationship between Bridgetown and Beijing and described Prime Minster Stuart as "a precious friend of China".??

He also mentioned the need for closer collaboration between the two countries in areas such as renewable energy and economic cooperation.

The Chinese delegation also paid a courtesy call on the President of the Senate, Kerri-Ann Ifill, and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Michael Carrington, at Parliament Buildings.?? The group also met with Leader of the Opposition, Owen Arthur, at his office also at Parliament.

Barbados and China established diplomatic ties on May 30, 1977.


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