Promises of deepened bilateral relations between the People’s Republic of China and Grenada were made by officials of both countries at an event held Tuesday night to mark the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Resident Chinese ambassador, Ou Boqian and Grenada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elvin Nimrod, addressed the function, held at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort.
St. George’s and Beijing resumed diplomatic ties in 2005 after a former Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government broke off relations with Taiwan.
China regards Taiwan, which had given Grenada millions in financial and economic assistance over the years, as a renegade province.
The Chinese on the Mainland promised Grenada assistance in rebuilding the stadium that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, and construction of a number of low-income houses.
In brief remarks made at the ceremony, Ambassador Ou Boqian noted that diplomatic relations between Grenada and China have deepened in 2016.
“In March of this year, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister took an official visit to Grenada…he had meetings with Dame Cecile La Grenade, Prime Minister, The Right Hon Dr Keith Mitchell and then Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Clarice Modeste Curwen and two important treaties were officially signed on this visit which are treaties of Mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and treaty of extradition,” she said.
Ambassador OU stated that over the years, the developments taking place in China has enabled the Far-east Asian nation to provide aid to many countries around the world.
“China will remain committed to the Caribbean people development and call for a common commitment to such a task so that we could together build a community of a shared future and interest”, she said.
“…China will continue its efforts to afford partnerships that both countries respect each other as people seeking win-win co-operation and common development for viewing common, comprehensive co-operative and sustainable security and ensuring inclusive and diversified cooperation,” she remarked.
Deputy Prime Minister Nimrod, who played a key role in the resumption of bilateral relations between the two countries, said since 2005, the relationship between China and Grenada have been nothing but fruitful.
“The strengthened stability of our engagement…the co-operation on international affairs through the people to people exchange that has been undertaken thus far… the number of people to people exchanges have been at a record high…”, he said.
“…We are confident that given the friendly relations and mutual respect that governs this, that relations between Grenada and the People’s Republic of China is strong and growing. In this regard, Grenada invigorates its commitment to the one China policy…Ambassador you know and your country knows that Grenada is committed and Grenada supports the People’s Republic of China,” he added.