Diplomatic Relations between Grenada and People’s Republic of China have deepened as the countries have signed two treaties aimed at the enhancement of their Criminal Justice Systems.
A brief signing ceremony was held last Friday at the Conference room of the Ministry of Tourism for the treaties, which cover Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal matters.
This makes Grenada the first Caribbean country to have successfully completed such negotiations with the Chinese.
Agreement was reached between the two sides following a day and a half of negotiations.
Representative of the People’s Republic of China, Xu Hong explained that the negotiations that took place were very smooth.
“It is achievable to the high importance attached by the Grenadian side and also the professional and highly efficient work by the two delegation, and more importantly it shows that our state to state relations have enjoyed stronger momentum of growth and our cooperation in legal areas have grown stronger,” said Hong .
“…With our consorted efforts, our two countries have enjoyed closer exchanges in economic trade, therefore we need the exchange of the treaties to provide the foundation for law and order so that our exchanges can develop better, therefore it is important for us to sign these two treaties,” he added.
According to the Chinese official, it was a pleasure for he and the Chinese delegation “to work together with our Grenadian friends and jointly work for the planning of the two treaties”.
Head of the Grenada negotiating team, former Registrar of the Supreme Court, Robert Branch said the negotiations have proven to be nothing but fruitful.
“What is important of these negotiations is that it allowed the two teams to learn from each other and sustain viable insight into the intricacies of the legal system of these two states,” he remarked.
Grenada and China established diplomatic relations during the 1984-90 era of the Herbert Blaize-led New National Party (NNP) government.
The Blaize government switched to the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan after Beijing allegedly failed to deliver on a number of promises made to the East Caribbean island.
The Grenada-Taiwan relations came to an end when a new NNP administration of Dr. Keith Mitchell decided to boot out the Taiwanese in the face of an attractive offer from China after Hurricane Ivan devastated the island.
Taiwan retaliated by taking legal action against the island in a New York court aimed at recovering over EC$70 million dollars in loans extended to Grenada over a 15-year period.