The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is relishing the bilateral relations it has existing with Grenada.
Resident Chinese Ambassador Ou Boqian spoke in glowing terms of the relations during an engagement she had with members of the media last week at her residence at True Blue, St. George’s.
Ambassador Boqian highlighted the assistance Beijing has been providing to St. George’s since the two countries resumed diplomatic relations after Hurricane Ivan ravaged the spice Isle in September 2004.
She made specific reference to the Cricket Stadium at Queen’s Park that had to be rebuilt in time for the Cricket World Cup in 2007 after Ivan destroyed it.
The female Ambassador said she is now looking forward to the refurbishment work on the Athletics and Football Stadium that is due to commence during this month.
In light of all of the assistance given to Grenada by the PRC, Ambassador Boqian was delighted with the success rate of the educational support to Grenadian Nationals.
She said each year 80 training opportunities in various fields are given to Grenada.
The female Chinese ambassador gave the local media a breakdown of the number of people who have benefited thus far from the help given by Beijing.
According to her, 70 people who have been trained in China are now back in Grenada, sixteen people were sent this year to study in China, six of whom are pursuing undergraduate studies, while the other ten are post-graduate students at universities in China.
Ambassador Boqian disclosed that as a result of the “excellent performance” of the local students, there will be an increase in the scholarships being made available to Grenada by Mainland China.
A previous Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government took the decision to break off diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan in favour of a lucrative package offered by Beijing including the building of the cricket stadium.
A disappointed ROC government hit back by demanding that St. George’s repay all loans contracted with its state-owned Exim Bank and took legal action in a New York court to recover an estimated EC$76 million owed to the financial institution.