Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke. (FP)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, recently bade farewell to outgoing Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, Wang Ke.

During a recent courtesy call at the Ministry’s Culloden Road, St. Michael location, Ambassador Wang conveyed good wishes to the Foreign Minister and revealed that she found it difficult to say goodbye.

She also expressed her sincere gratitude to Permanent Secretary, Cecile Humphrey, and other colleagues within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for the support they had given her over the past three years and eight months.

Ambassador Wang said over the past 40 years, relations between the two countries have been “running strongly” and cannot be separated, adding that she was very grateful for Barbados’ continued support for the One China Policy.

Minister McClean thanked Ambassador Wang for “taking our relations forward and further cementing our relationship”, and said she was confident both countries would continue to work on existing and future projects.

She added that it had been a pleasure and an honour to not only work alongside the Ambassador, but to also have been involved in “the strengthening of our relations at a critical point in our history”.

Ambassador Wang Ke, arrived in Barbados in late 2013, and presented her credentials to His Excellency the Governor General in early 2014.

Barbados and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations on May 30, 1977.

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