China/Jamaica Agree To Promote Bilateral Cooperation

After talks held recently between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, both men have agreed to promote bilateral cooperation.

Li touted the development of bilateral ties between both countries as pragmatic and held out hope for greater cooperation as well as better prospects going forward.

He said China would continue to play its part in supporting Jamaica’s strategic development in the areas of infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, and fisheries within the context of the country’s market principles and business rules.

“China is willing to import more Jamaican products that meet market demand and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in fields such as tourism, education, sports, and personnel training,” said Li.

He added, “We also hope to strengthen cooperation with the Jamaican side in addressing climate change and continue to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”

Holness, in the meanwhile, noted that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean region to establish diplomatic relations with China, and both countries continue to share a robust relationship.

He also said that Jamaica is committed to participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) espoused by China.

Additionally, he said the island would strengthen cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, infrastructure, health, education, personnel training, and tourism, enhance communication and coordination in international affairs such as climate change, and promote bilateral relations to advance the cause of both countries.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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