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Summary of China-Barbados Bilateral Relations
2008-05-30

I. Bilateral Political Relations

On May 30, 1977, China and Barbados formally established diplomatic relations. Since then, a stable development of bilateral relations characterized by a constant increase of mutual visits, especially the high-level ones has deepened mutual understanding and friendship, thus playing an important role in developing healthy and stable bilateral relations.

Mutual Visits

(1) Visit to China by Barbados Prime Minister Hon. JMG Adams. At the invitation of the Chinese Government, Barbados Prime Minister Adams paid an official visit to China as the head of a government delegation from June 11 to 18, 1980. Chinese Premier of the State Council Hua Guofeng held a banquet in honor of Adams and held talks with him. Chinese Vice Premier of the State Council Deng Xiaoping met with Adams and gave a dinner in his honor. The leaders of the two countries exchanged views on the international situations and the situations of the Caribbean region, expressing their satisfaction over the development of bilateral relations since the establishment of the diplomatic ties. Praising the Chinese policy of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, Adams stated: it is often comparatively difficult to maintain good relations between big and small countries since good bilateral relations lie in ironing out mutual differences and eliminating the control over the small countries by the big ones. The relations of Barbados and other Caribbean countries with China are different. China has never interfered in any way in the internal affairs of Barbados and other countries, and never has it disrupted peace of Barbados and the Caribbean region.

During the visit, the two sides signed the Cultural Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Barbados, which highlighted encouraging and supporting bilateral exchanges and cooperations in the fields of culture, education, science and technology, health, sports, publishing and news media, broadcasting, film and television.

(2) In March 1981, Vice Chairman Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of PRC visited Barbados as the head of a NPC delegation. Prime Minister Adams met with the delegation, accorded them a banquet, and offered his official car for Ngapoi's use during his stay in Barbados. The President of the Senate and House of Representatives held a grand banquet in honor of the delegation.

(3) In August 1982, Barbados Foreign Minister Louis Tull was invited to pay an official visit to China. Chinese Vice Premier of the State Council Wan Li met with Tull while Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua held talks with him. Foreign Minister Huang Hua elaborated China's views and stance mainly on such issues as international situation, situation of Asia, Central America, Middle East, Afghanistan, Cambodia, and the Chinese Foreign Policy as well as the development of the cooperation among the third world countries. Foreign Minister Tull mainly introduced the situations of Central America and the Caribbean region, expressing his satisfaction over the importance attached by China towards the third world countries. Tull held that the third world countries would emerge as a strong strength in the world. Both sides expressed their satisfaction over the development of the bilateral relations. Tull expressed his thanks to China for offering Barbados agricultural planting techniques, believing that agriculture was a very important field for bilateral cooperation. Barbados hoped that such cooperation would be further strengthened since it was prepared to solve the problem of self-supply in grain.

(4) In December 1982, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Han Xu visited Barbados. Barbados Foreign Minister Tull met with Han, expressing that Barbados would continue to cooperate with China in the international arena. Foreign Minister Tull hosted a reception in honor of Vice Foreign Minister Han Xu.

(5) In October 1987, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhu Qizhen visited Barbados. During his visit, Zhu called on Barbados Prime Minister Lloyd Sandiford, Acting Foreign Minister Maurice King and the Opposition Leader Henry Forde. Zhu also attended the luncheon hosted by Mr. Phillips, a celebrity of the Eastern Caribbean. Zhu expressed his thanks for Phillips' efforts in promoting the relations between China and the Eastern Caribbean countries without diplomatic ties with China.

(6) In February 1990, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Huaqiu visited Barbados. Barbados Prime Minister Sandiford met with Liu. After Barbados Foreign Minister King held talks with Liu, the two signed on behalf their respective governments an Exchange of Notes on Providing Gratuitous Assistance to the Barbados Government by the Chinese Government.

(7) On May 9-13, 1990, Barbados Prime Minister Sandiford paid an official visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Government. President Yang Shangkun and General Secretary Jiang Zemin met with Sandiford respectively. Premier of the State Council Li Peng held talks with Sandiford. The Chinese leaders expounded China's views on the international situation, introduced China's independent foreign policy of peace, and reiterated China's stance against hegemonism and power politics, and proposed that all countries, big or small, are equal. The Chinese leaders also expressed their admiration for Barbados Government calling for an establishment of a new international economic order through constructive cooperation. The Chinese side reiterated China's support to the efforts of the Caribbean countries to maintain their national independence and sovereignty, reinvigorate regional economy and raising the people's living standards and to push forward regional integration process. China is willing to develop its relations with the Caribbean countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. The Chinese leaders briefly set forth China's stance on the issue of the Taiwan issue and expressed appreciation to Barbados Government for its adherence to th One-China policy.

Expressing his admiration for China's efforts for the cause of peace and development, Sandiford believed that China's activities in the United Nations reflected the desire and interests of various countries in the world, especially of the third world countries, and helped the people of the third world to realize their desire of improving their living standards.

The leaders of the two countries gave a positive evaluation of the bilateral friendly relations and cooperation. The two sides expressed willingness to further strengthen economic and trade relations and signed on behalf of their respective governments the Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Barbados on Economic and Technological Cooperation.

(8) In July 1992, Secretary General Luo Gan of the Chinese State Council visited Barbados at the head of a Chinese government delegation. Barbados Prime Minister Sandiford and Foreign Minister King met with the delegation. The delegation also called on the Acting Leader of the Opposition Party, Barbados Labour Party, and attended the ceremony of the handing over of the Barbados Gymnasium constructed with Chinese assistance. Secretary General Luo Gan and the Barbados Prime Minister signed a new agreement on economic and technological cooperation and a new loan agreement.

(9) In June 1993, Vice Chairman Chen Muhua of NPC Standing Committee visited Barbados as the head of an NPC delegation. During the visit, the delegation met with the Acting Governor-General Denys Williams, Prime Minister Sandiford, President of the Senate Jordan, Speaker of the House of Assembly Weeks, and Foreign Minister King. The Barbados Parliament held a reception in honor of the delegation. The Barbados side praised highly the role of China as a third world big power in international affairs and expressed its thanks to China for its economic and technical assistance. Vice Chairman Chen extended once again the invitations to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Assembly to visit China.

(10) In April 1996, Vice Minister Li Beihai of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China visited Barbados. Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur, President of the Barbados Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Leader of the Parliament Opposition David Thompson, and Secretary-General of the DLP Branford Taitt met with Minister Li.

(11) In May 1996, Assistant Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Barbados. Barbados Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Billie Miller met with him and accorded a luncheon in his honor. On behalf of their respective governments, the two signed an Exchange of Notes between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Barbados on on Providing Gratuitous Assistance to the Barbados Government by the Chinese Government. Yang also called on Speaker of the House of Assembly Ishmael Roett and held talks with the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Peter Laurie.

(12) In October 1996, at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, former Prime Minister of Barbados Mr. Harold St. John and Mrs. Stella St. John paid a visit to China.

(13) In October 1996, at the invitation of the NPC of PRC, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados Mr. Ishmael Roett visited China.

(14) In July 1998, at the invitation of the Barbados government, Vice Premier of the State Council Qian Qichen paid an official visit to Barbados. It was the highest level visit by China to Barbados since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. During the visit, Vice Premier Qian held talks with Prime Minister of Barbados Arthur and they signed on behalf of their respective governments an Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Barbados on Encouraging and Mutually Protecting Investment. Vice Premier Qian also met with Governor-General Husbands, Senate President Gollop, and accepted an interview by the Barbados TV Statio