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China pledges continued assistance to Barbados

China’s vice minister of commerce, who is also his country’s international trade representative, Gao Hucheng, gave this undertaking on Tuesday, as he, along with a delegation from China, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean. 

During the talks, the parties explored ways to strengthen “the existing relations which have been mutually beneficial over the last 35 years.”

Stuart pointed to technical and other assistance provided by China, particularly in construction or refurbishment of major projects here.

He added: “China has left its finger prints across Barbados … projects such as the gymnasium and the Elsie Payne Complex have made a difference to the landscape of Barbados.”

In turn, Hucheng said the visit was also intended as a follow-up to the six policy initiatives which were announced during the 3rd China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum held in Trinidad last September.

The vice minister alluded to the $20 million Yuan (BDS $6.3 million) in grant funding, as well as other funding for projects to be agreed on by both governments. The prime minister promised to “move with haste” to identify the projects for funding while praising China’s dominance as a major player in the world economy.

Barbados and China established diplomatic ties on May 30, 197

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