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Chinese Embassy in Barbados Held National Day Reception
2014/10/03

On September 24, H. E. Ms. Wang Ke, the Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, hosted a Reception to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. H.E. Sir Elliott Belgrave, Governor-General of Barbados, Hon. Richard Sealy, the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice and more than 10 Cabinet Ministers, a number of Members of Parliament, senators, representatives from the diplomatic corps are among 300 plus guests who attended the reception. Also present are representatives from a wide range of sectors including business, finance, education, academics, sports, media and local Chinese community.

In her remarks, Ambassador Wang reviewed the remarkable progress China has achieved as well as the contribution it has made to the global economy in the past 65 years, especially after China’s reform and opening-up to the outside world 35 years ago. Ambassador Wang stressed that continuing healthy and steady development of Chinese economy will boost global economic recovery, and will provide vast opportunities for the common prosperity of many other countries. Ambassador Wang also pointed out that Barbados is one of the first Caribbean countries that established diplomatic relations with China. Ever since, the two countries have enjoyed a strong and endured friendship. In the past few years, especially after President Xi Jinpin and Prime Minister Stuart’s meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in 2013, China-Barbados relations took off in a “fast track” in which we witnessed constant progress and breakthroughs in economic and trade, renewable energy, human resources training cooperation and cultural exchange. Ambassador Wang pledged that, in view of the new opportunities to be provided by the First Ministerial Meeting between China and CELAC early next year, China is willing to work together with the Barbadian side to further enhance practical bilateral cooperation to benefit peoples of both countries.

Acting Prime Minister Sealy congratulated the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on behalf of the Barbadian government and people. He spoke highly of the fast and healthy development of bilateral relations and expressed his appreciation for China’s contribution to the economic and social development of Barbados. He expressed his optimism that “bilateral relations will continue to flourish, as both countries explore mutually beneficial opportunities for cooperation.”

The reception also featured Chinese and Barbadian music, songs, Martial Arts and Tai Chi performed by Barbados Defence Force band, Renowned Barbadian musician Gabby, members of Barbados Friendship Association and Chinese language students from UWI Cave Hill campus.

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