China reaffirms its alliance with Caribbean nations as foreign minister vows to ‘speak up and provide support to their Caribbean friends’

Not only has China pledged to be a  “trustworthy and reliable friend” to the Caribbean countries with which it shares bilateral relations, but the country’s Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying has stated that the Asian country will speak up for its Caribbean friends on multilateral occasions and provide assistance to the best of their ability.

Her remarks came as she addressed the opening ceremony of the 8th Caribbean China Consultation this morning at the InterContinental Dominica Cabrits Resort & Spa, where Chinese and Caribbean representatives from Foreign Ministries convened to lay out clear plans for future cooperation.

Chunying emphasised that the parties have remained committed to building a strong China Caribbean community with a shared future, thanks to the strategic guidance and commitment of the various leaders with whom they share diplomatic relations. She noted that all of this has been done while establishing a brilliant example of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit, and common development. The Chinese official stated that since the previous consultation in February 2019, China and the Caribbean have joined forces in the face of the pandemic, achieving new results in exchanges and cooperation in several spheres.

Among these are the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with eight Caribbean countries, as well as cooperation plans with two Caribbean countries and the realisation of many infrastructure projects, as highlighted.

She also mentioned that Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed a Global Development Initiative (GDI), which prioritises issues such as poverty alleviation, development funding, green economy, agriculture, and technical collaboration. The Foreign Minister opined that this guide is particularly compatible with the demands of Caribbean countries.

“That is why China has established the China Caribbean Development Centre; we hope it will become a new platform for our cooperation focusing on development issues and facilitating cooperation in assisting Caribbean countries’ local development,” she explained.

She also cited the formation of a China Caribbean disaster prevention and mitigation fund as a way to address the “pressing needs and concerns” of Caribbean countries in order to promote the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Chunying announced that, in addition to the two million dollar contribution made last year, the government will provide an extra one million dollars for disaster prevention and relief efforts in the Caribbean. She outlined four proposals for further growth of the China-Caribbean relationship, with high-level contacts topping the list.

The Chinese official expects that now that the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, there will be more two-way visits between China and Caribbean countries as their leaders assist each other on issues involving their core interests and major concerns.

Her second proposal was the strengthening of cooperation between the nations, with China pledging to implement the GDI to realize the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and promote steady trade growth, strengthen industrial investment cooperation, boost the blue economy and the digital economy, and make best the use of
the south-south Cooperation Fund.

“And we also would like to work with the Caribbean countries to implement projects that are now being built or have been agreed upon,” Chunying said.

“We are ready to continue economic and technological assistance without any political conditions and hope to see greater success in your national developments, and we will work closely with our Caribbean colleagues to see that the one million US Dollars fund for disaster prevention relief is put in place as soon as possible,” she added.

Also on their agenda is the broadening of People-to-People relations with China, as well as the negotiation of a civil aviation agreement with other Caribbean countries to promote two-way travel.

The fourth item on the agenda is to boost international collaboration between the Caribbean and China. The state official expressed her country’s willingness to collaborate with the region to uphold true multilateralism and join hands to make the global governance system more just and equitable and defend the legitimate rise of common interests of developing countries.

“We support a bigger role of Caribbean countries on relevant issues in the international arena and we are ready to offer necessary assistance in fulfilling these important duties,” she declared.

According to Chunying, the Asian country not only understands but takes seriously the special concern of the Caribbean in realizing green transition and protecting food security among other things.

Therefore she has reiterated that China will continue to speak up for its ‘Caribbean friends’ on multilateral occasions and provide support assistance to the best of their capacity.

“We attach great importance to the Bridgetown initiative,” she stated. “We supported developing countries including those in the Caribbean in accelerating green, low carbon, and sustainable development. We’re ready to work with you to address financing difficulties and accelerate energy and climate transition.”

She also urged the other developed countries with responsibilities and commitment to deliver at least 100 million US dollars to developing countries for climate response every year and address the core concerns of developing countries over climate finance and adaptation.

In closing, Chunying placed on record China’s immediate willingness to establish formal relations with CARICOM based on the one-China principle.

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11 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    July 9, 2023

    If war comes between the US and China China will have a Navy Base at Portsmouth courtesy of yours truly the PM. Dominica will be wiped out by one nuclear bomb.

    • Man bite dogs
      July 10, 2023

      @ Parrot, If there’s one thing you guys so-called useless workers followers good at is talking and writing laughable nonsense, you guys were born in a Rum shop for sure!!!!

    • MEME
      July 10, 2023

      @Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      You are here to learn. This is simply not true. China has no plan for any navy base at Portsmouth. They are presently in talks with Cuba and may do so in Cuba, if the government agrees, and also in the Solomon Islands (close to Australia). But guess what!! America is already complaining, while they wanted their own base in Ukraine, and wanted Vladimir Putin to “shut up” and accept it with no complaint…
      A military base is not something that can be hidden, but nothing like that in Dominica. The bloggers here are not educating you. They are fooling you!! America can’t use nuclear bomb on China either…China has the capacity to HIT them back even HARDER!! So thats a No! No! In other words no country on earth can bully China!!

  2. Pipo
    July 9, 2023

    We should not underestimate China. It is a state that seeks world hegemony, not through armed conquest but by carefully planned strategies. It is weary of impulsive actions but instead thinks long- term.
    Dominica with its deep- water harbour in Portsmouth, is a key pivot of their belt-and-and road project. They would have targeted its leadership, Roosevelt Skerrit and made a thorough psychological assessment of his personality and foibles, well before that fateful meeting in Barbados and concluded that this person would fit their purpose. Our bargaining chip of retaining relations with Taiwan was sacrificed on the altar of personal voracity and megalomania. The scheme to have Our China- Dominica CBI citizens cast their votes in China is also part of this plan. Make no mistake, it is not Skerrit that is China’s prize but Dominica. Skerrit is expendable but our island must remain in a stable and secure position as a part of “greater China”. The Chinese are very smart people.

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  3. kubulol
    July 8, 2023

    Don’t be fooled by this new form of colonialism or imperialism.
    By the way, unlike China, Taïwan is a democracy

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  4. Ibo France
    July 8, 2023

    China is no genuinely generous country. One has to be careful with dictators come bearing gifts. They have ulterior motives. Not going to be enamoured of the dictatorial leadership in China.

    These countries in Africa and the Caribbean because of their sorry and desperate economic state, any country that can offer them alms they accept regardless of that country’s atrocious status.

    The Chinese minions are going to retort harshly to my comments citing the indiscretions of the US. I’m not an American lackey for I have serious problems with many of America’s foreign policies. The U.S. supports the genocide of the Palestinian people by Israel. They still have Cuba in an economic choke-hold among other anomalies.

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    • Man bite dogs
      July 10, 2023

      Ibo, I would rather trust China, by miles rather than you Ugly Lenny, and his banana blue monkeys trying to dictate how Pm Skerrit, should run his government and country to make matters worse those blue monkeys are not in opposition anymore how bad is that?
      Come on Ibo, lets hear from you now.

  5. Shaka Zulu
    July 7, 2023

    All this is a bunch of vague hogwash. Not one time I read anything about buying Caribbean goods. We can speak out for ourselves except if you are a crooked leader just looking to stay in power. Why don’t I see trade agreements aimed at buying our cocoa, coffee. Nutmeg, rum, beer, soap, oils, bay leaf, and soo on. All I see is a bunch of reapated jargon. Bilateral this mutual respect my as sets. You want to respect me then buy my goods and services. So we can build our production and manufacturing. We can speak up for our darn selves.

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  6. MEME
    July 7, 2023

    It’s one TRILLION times better and more enticing than what AMERICA offers. In fact Americaa offers NOTHING but WARS!! So all Caribbean countries struggling to improve the standard of living and quality of life of its people will queue up!
    That’s the Wisdom of China!
    Well done China!!
    Well done commander Xi Jinping!

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    • Ibo France
      July 10, 2023

      MEME, whenever there is an article about China you inevitably go completely berserk about America. You seem to appoint yourself one of the top Chinese diplomats.

      I have many concerns with America and I am adamantly opposed to many of their foreign and domestic policies. However, this does not excuse bullying and needless aggression China is committing against less powerful sovereign countries.

      You often give the readers on this forum much food for thought. I feel compelled to state this. However, your unswerving support for China’s autocratic regime and your abiding animus for America diminishes your otherwise sterling contributions.

    • Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      July 10, 2023

      What are you going to do when Chinese troops occupy Dominica and kick you out of your house and land and force you to use Chines money and force your children to learn Chinese in school and eat Chines food? Any you see the Chinese flag flying over the Government buildings?

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