Jinan, 7 July 2022 (TDI): The China-Caribbean Development Centre has been unveiled in Jinan, Shandong Province to improve China’s cooperation with the Caribbean countries.

A number of projects were announced in this regard. These include the donation of pandemic fighting materials, marine fisheries training, and the launch of an international information exchange platform to encourage people-to-people contact and ease of access to development-related information for the general public.

The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and the Caribbean countries are an example of “mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit, and common development among countries of all sizes.

Moreover, it is important to note that the Caribbean states and China share bolstering trade ties. The Jamaican Embassy in Beijing also attended the Unveiling Ceremony of the China-Caribbean development Centre in Jinan.

According to the Jamaican Embassy, the Action Plan of Friendly Cooperation between the City of Yantai and the City of Kingston was also signed.

Furthermore, an agreement was reached on future cooperation in areas of mutual interest including healthcare, education, infrastructure, agriculture, trade, and better people-to-people relations.

President Xi Jinping’s Global Development Initiative and China-Caribbean Cooperation

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lijian Zhao, the China-Caribbean Development Centre was announced by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to foster cooperation between China and the American region.

Moreover, he said that,

“The launch of the China-Caribbean Development Center signifies the strong efforts of the two sides to accelerate the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and follow through on the GDI. The Center will focus on development issues, promote high-standard, people-centered and sustainable cooperation projects, boost development in Caribbean countries and deliver benefits to the local communities.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lijian Zhao also added that this year marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic relations between China and the Caribbean.