COMMENTARY: The Glorious 50 Years of China-Caribbean Relations

China and Caribbean countries are good friends and good partners sharing the same ideal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between China and Caribbean countries, which is of special significance. Over the past half-century, especially since President Xi Jinping’s visit to Caribbean countries in 2013, the comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and Caribbean countries has kept deepening, and cooperation in various sectors has yielded fruitful outcomes, setting an exemplary model of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and common development between countries of different sizes.

The world is in a period of turbulence and transformation, the global economic and social development and security situations are facing complex and severe challenges, and the future of all countries is connected more than ever before. Now more than ever, China and Caribbean countries need to strengthen solidarity, overcome difficulties together, deepen cooperation and create a better future.

On April 28, 2022, in order to firmly seize the historic opportunity, further unleash the potential of cooperation and forge a higher level of partnership between the two sides, the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Among China and the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China was held via video link. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Acting Prime Minister of Dominica Reginald Austrie co-chaired the meeting. Foreign Ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago were present at the meeting.

The Meeting reviewed the history and experiences of China-Caribbean relations, had an in-depth exchanges on building a closer China-Caribbean community with a shared future and reached important consensus on deepening high-level exchanges, promoting post-pandemic economic recovery, strengthening medical cooperation, promoting people-to-people exchanges and strengthening cooperation on climate change. Caribbean countries welcome and support the Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and commend China as a responsible and leading player on the international arena.

China regards Caribbean countries as important strengths and equal partners of the international community, firmly supports Caribbean countries in achieving self-improvement through unity and in playing a greater role in international affairs, strives to build China-Caribbean relations into a model of a new type of international relations, and works together to build a closer China-Caribbean community with a shared future. China also made the following important commitments at the meeting:

Firstly, China will keep closer policy communication between China and Caribbean countries and is ready to hold the eighth round of consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean countries as soon as possible and arrange a special envoy for Caribbean affairs to visit Caribbean countries as early as possible.

Secondly, China will continue to provide economic and technological assistance to Caribbean countries without any political strings attached, focus on supporting key projects of interest to Caribbean countries, vigorously develop projects that benefit the people and promote practical technologies such as Juncao.

Thirdly, China will continue to provide anti-pandemic supplies and vaccines to Caribbean countries until the pandemic is finally defeated and has decided to donate anti-pandemic and medical supplies to Caribbean countries having diplomatic relations with China and the CARICOM Secretariat.

Fourthly, China will try to build a pattern of diversified and interactive people-to-people exchanges, actively consider the orderly post-pandemic resumption of people-to-people exchanges and increase the number of government scholarships and personnel training to Caribbean countries.

Fifthly, China fully understands and supports the reasonable concerns of the small island countries and has decided to set up China-Caribbean disaster prevention and mitigation fund.

Looking back, I am very pleased to see that China-Caribbean relations have achieved fruitful results.

Over past 50 years, political mutual trust between the two sides has been strengthened as time goes by. China and Caribbean countries respect each other’s national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, understand and support each other on issues related to respective core interests and major concerns, and always advance China-Caribbean countries relations along the right track. China highly appreciates Caribbean countries’ pursuit of the one-China principle, support for China’s reunification and opposition to interference in China’s internal affairs. China also firmly supports Caribbean countries in pursuing successful development paths suited to their national conditions.

Over past 50 years, pragmatic cooperation between the two sides has yielded fruitful results. The two sides successfully held three sessions of the China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, with a number of mutually beneficial cooperation projects being carried out. China follows the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests and sincerely helps Caribbean countries develop its economy and improve people’s livelihood. The two sides have jointly advanced Belt and Road cooperation, strengthen the synergy between development strategies, and continuously inject new impetus into mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides to make it high-standard, sustainable and people-centered.

Over past 50 years, the two sides have rendered each other support and assistance through thick and thin. Whether there is a natural disaster or COVID-19, the two sides have always been the first to help each other. Caribbean countries provided China with invaluable support when China’s fight against the pandemic was at its toughest period. After the outbreak of the pandemic in the Caribbean countries, China has also shared its experience in fighting COVID-19 without reservation, and provided batches of COVID-19 vaccines and anti-pandemic supplies to each and every Caribbean country having diplomatic relations with China.

Over past 50 years, public support between the two sides has grown more solid. The two sides have carried out various forms of cooperation in culture, sports, tourism and education, and at the sub-national level. The Caribbean Music Festival has become an important brand event in China, athletes from Caribbean countries have actively participated in the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, and more and more Chinese tourists visit Caribbean countries for sightseeing. Sub-national exchanges are flourishing, and educational cooperation has been further deepened. Many young people from Caribbean countries have received Chinese government scholarships to study in China and become envoys of the China-Caribbean countries friendship.

Looking forward to the future, China is ready to make joint efforts with Caribbean countries to promote peace and development, draw up a blueprint for the development of China-Caribbean countries relations, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and continue to promote friendship between the two peoples. I believe that in the next 50 years, China-Caribbean relations will be even more glorious!

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  1. Theo Patrick Bougouno
    May 12, 2022

    I condone strongly the views of our people on the behaviour of this Obvious Brutal Chinese UN-Democratic, Un- Religious and it’s Not a democratic country with the RIGHTS of the Chinese People who are mentally locked on these so called Chinese Brutal/Inhuman Premier where the Premier and his obvious devious RED FLAG Government and Team.
    The Chinese People are not allowed to be independent in their thoughts and “Human Rights”. This is NOT a Country I dare recognised nor to visit. The Democratic Rights of a country is meaningful with the human Rights of the Chinese People. They deserve it and the Siting Premier and locked accompanied ministers are locked in fear through this one party Brutal OUT-DATED ONE Communist Party and A Sitting Premier and his Dictatorial Team have locked their own people from independence and to have a say in the future and development of the Chinese People and it’s Country. Be advised that The Chinese People are to be decent and respect the Chinese People.

  2. Ibo France
    May 8, 2022

    Does any one think this is just coincidental? Since Roosevelt’s ascension to power, Dominica has repudiated democracy and embraced rigid, dictatorial rule. Why? Dominica has become the strongest and most reliable crony of the three most brutal and fascist regimes (Russia, China, Syria) ever known to mankind in modern times.

    The Chinese ambassador to Dominica has proven himself to be a most resolute and consistent adversary of truth and probity, but a steadfast and loyal friend of lies, deceit and cheap propaganda.

    His favourite medium that he has chosen to disseminate this mind-twisting nonsense, you know it.

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  3. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    May 6, 2022

    China never does anything for free they always look for pay-back. They have motives they do not do what they do just because they feel sorry for you they will want something in return like a naval base right in the middle of the Caribbean possible at Portsmouth and greedy yours truly will sell it to them because he loves money more then his own country. The sea bed dredgers may arrive soon to deepen the harbor to accommodate aircraft carriers and battle ships.

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  4. Ibo France
    May 6, 2022

    China uses Dominica as a big supermarket to export its poor quality goods and its slave labour. Every week, much cash is wired to China from Dominica to further build their economy.

    In a relationship where one party is a giant and the other an ant, there is no equality. The giant will always dominate. Dominica is being played like a fiddle and ridden like a beast of burden by the Red Star State (China).

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  5. Beta
    May 6, 2022

    Once again, this ambassador is allowed by DNO to share their shameless propaganda. All you think a Chinese news platform would allow a westerner to write about our democratic success in the last 50 years. Tell this ambassador to use GIS in the future!

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  6. Laya
    May 6, 2022

    A friend in need is a friend indeed. China is our good friend. Thank you, China!

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    • Braindamage
      May 6, 2022

      Layaway, good friends don’t hide MOU from the public…..

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  7. D. Augustus James
    May 6, 2022

    We need China and it’s Brutalized Failed Incompetent outdated disgusting Inhuman Chinese Government who are without a decent Chinese Democratic Government. This Sitting government is just One (Own) Party promoting over the long years of this Inhumane and disgusting so called Brutalize Communist government. What an insult to the Chinese People from this Brutal Chinese Government where It’s people are desperately in need of their Freedom, their Children, Parents and Families.

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  8. Toto
    May 6, 2022

    Ambassador, you have to say what is dictated to you by Bejing. You see that is the difference between one party state and democracy. We may argue amongst ourselves and we certainly do but I call that freedom. Long live democracy, down with dictatorship. Nothing against you personally of course., you are welcome in our country.

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  9. Ole Police
    May 5, 2022

    Bravo! bravo! China and while you are at it Sixthly “condemn” and stop the crooked support of your Communist Partner Russia for the unlawful and inhumane war against Ukraine; your silence is deafening.

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  10. Luca
    May 5, 2022

    Frankly, I have far more respect for the independent nation of Taiwan. Why ? Because Ibelieve in basic human rights and freedom of speech – unlike the Chinese Communist Party. But sadly, Dominica has a leadership that is driven entirely by money and not at all by morals.

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  11. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    May 5, 2022

    The glorious 50 years of China colonization of Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean courtesy of yours truly minister of finance and illustrious PM the glorious self appointed king of Dominica for life using all the peoples money to live the high life while the villagers suffer.

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  12. Yen ping
    May 5, 2022

    The “leaders” of the Caribbean islands are Hungry and Greedy Hyenas who have sacrificed the future of our country and our children for their own selfish and illegal profits from the Chinese.

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  13. Rick
    May 5, 2022

    Caribbean countries (including Dominica) are “sharing the same ideal(s)” with China?
    If true that’s bad news…

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  14. The Eyes have it
    May 5, 2022

    It took China 50 years to build the foundation of communism and corruption in the Caribbean. Soon it will be time for them to take possession just as Russia is taking possession of Ukraine as we speak.

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  15. kubulol
    May 5, 2022

    China does’nt “help” countries ; it follows its own interest
    Chinese are not humanists nor philantropists
    they indirectly take control of these countries that then become totaly dependants of China and must walk along with it

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  16. Hope
    May 4, 2022

    Thank you Ambassador for letting me know the history of China- Caribbean relations. Looking forward to next more glorious 50 years!

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