The new Chinese Ambassador accredited to Dominica, Mr. Li Jiangning presented his letter of credence to President Charles Savarin on Wednesday morning.
At the ceremony held at the President’s Office to present the credentials, President Savarin congratulated Ambassador Jiangning on the commencement of his term.
President Savarin expressed hope that the close bilateral relations that exist between the two countries would be further enhanced during the tenure of the new Chinese Ambassador.
Highlighting that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Dominica and China, President Savarin underscored the high priority accorded by Dominica to strengthening ties with China.
President Savarin also took the opportunity to highlight some of the areas where Dominica has benefitted from its relations with China.
“Your Excellency, since the establishment of diplomatic relations in March 2004, Dominica has benefited and continues to benefit significantly through fruitful bilateral exchanges and cooperation in infrastructural development, education, health, agriculture, trade and other areas,” he noted.
“A number of technical and economic cooperation projects funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China through grant funding and soft loans are underway in Dominica,” he said.
President Savarin expressed Dominica’s interest in exploring new markets in China and to provide a valuable source of tourism revenue through the recognition of Dominica as an “Approved Destination”.
Meanwhile Ambassador Jiangning said he is committed in his capacity to take the relations between Dominica and China to new heights.
“I am greatly honoured to be appointed the Chinese Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Dominica. During my tenure of office, I will use my efforts to further develop the friendly relations and cooperation between our two countries and the friendship between our two peoples. I firmly believe that as I embark on this important mission I will receive the support from you your Excellency and your government,” the new Chinese Ambassador said.
Continuing in this regard, the new Chinese Ambassador emphasized the progress made by Dominica in economic and social development.
He further said that China appreciates the positive stance taken by Dominica to respect the one china policy.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2004, our two countries have enjoyed frequent high level exchanges, ever increasing political trust, fruitful cooperation in business, culture, health agriculture and other fields, as well as mutual support and close cooperation in international affairs. China highly appreciates Dominica’s firm commitment to the one china policy and stands ready to work with you in taking our relations to a higher level.”
The new Chinese Ambassador replaces Ambassador Wang Zonglai whose stint ended in December last year.