Chinese foreign minister visits Jamaica
THE Government of Jamaica is now hosting China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on a three-day visit as part of a diplomatic tour which includes Egypt, Tunisia, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, and Brazil.
Minister Wang, who arrived in the island on Friday night, has been meeting with key Government officials to discuss a range of topics aimed at strengthening bilateral relations. The agenda features discussions on economic cooperation, cultural exchange programmes, potential infrastructure projects, and grant aid.
“The visit to Jamaica not only represents a recognition of our countries’ strong diplomatic relations, but also an opportunity to explore new avenues for cooperation in various fields including trade, investment, infrastructure and cultural exchange,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.
In an article in today’s
Jamaica Observer, China’s Ambassador to Jamaica Chen Daojiang said the visit is Wang’s first trip abroad this year and marks the first offline high-level interaction between China and Jamaica since the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is beyond doubt that this visit will enrich our relations, promote bilateral pragmatical cooperation, and drive forward the China-Jamaica strategic partnership in the new era to a new milestone in the history of bilateral relations,” Ambassador Chen wrote.
Minister Wang is scheduled to depart on Sunday, January 21.