Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants China to become a leading tourist market for Barbados.
It is not immediately clear how many Chinese tourists visit Barbados each year, but Stuart said he wanted more.
However, he told a six-member Chinese delegation visiting here recently, that in order to ease travel between the Asian country and Barbados, it was important that they finalize an air services agreement and the relevant visa requirements.
“We are paying special attention to getting those visa requirements worked out because we want to make travel between the two countries as easy as possible,” Stuart was quoted as saying in a release from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).
The Prime Minister described the relationship between the two countries as “a long and fruitful” one, both working together at the political, economic, cultural and military levels.
The Barbadian leader said he was pleased about China’s relationship with the Barbados Defence Force, adding that the training and equipment received had done much to strengthen that organization.
“We look forward to the deepening of that relationship and expanded training opportunities from China at the military level,” the BGIS release quoted Stuart as saying.
The delegation was led by Deputy Chief of the Office of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of National Defence Major General Changming Hu, who agreed that China and Barbados had enjoyed good bilateral relations for close to 40 years.
He also said that the Chinese President attached “great importance” to the relationship between the two countries.
“We strongly believe that our relationship will become better and go to a new level,” he was quoted as saying through an interpreter.
He added that a large number of Chinese travel overseas and he looked forward to some of them visiting Barbados.