A new Ambassador is now officiating at the Chinese Embassy in Grenada as the successor to former Ambassador, Ou Boqian.
Ambassador Dr. Zhao Yongchen was officially welcomed at the start of his four-year tenure at a reception held last Friday night at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort at Grand Anse.
Yongchen will be the third Ambassador serving in St. George’s since Grenada and the People’s Republic of China resumed diplomatic relations 12 years ago.
A former Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) took the decision in the aftermath of the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September to dump Taiwan for Mainland China.
Beijing had offered the hurricane-ravaged island a more lucrative package including the rebuilding of the national stadium that collapsed, as well as help in low-cost houses.
In addressing the gathering of government ministers, special invited guests and members of the media, Ambassador Yongchen said he was honoured to be serving in Grenada for the next four years.
“Grenada has become an important co-operation partner and friend of China. I look forward to working closely with you to make Grenada/China relationship more successful and more protective,” he remarked.
Works Minister, Gregory Bowen who was acting for Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elvin Nimrod who was out of the country in the United States, said he was looking forward to a deepening of the relationship between the two countries.
“Throughout the years, the relations between both our countries have grown from strength to strength and I wish to assure you that the Government of Grenada is committed to the further strengthening of that relationship under the tenure of Ambassador Zhao Yongchen”, he said.
“The excellent relationship between Grenada and China relies on our mutual respect and regard for each other’s political, cultural and developmental interest,” he added.
The senior government Minister recalled what he termed as the high quality pf programmes of technical assistance that Grenada had received over the years from China.
He said the evidence of the technical corporation with China can be seen in the number of projects and initiatives that have been undertaken in Grenada throughout the years and those that are currently underway.
“This cooperation between our two countries have transcended projects, our people to people interactions is at an all-time high and we thank Ambassador Zhao and the People’s Republic of China for keeping its people’s relationship at the highest form of cooperation,” he remarked.
In re-affirming Grenada’s support for the “One China Policy” as promoted by Beijing, Minister Bowen said Grenada stands ready to continue working with China.