China’s new ambassador to Barbados, Yan Xiusheng, takes up office in Bridgetown aiming to forge deeper ties between the two nations.
“I feel greatly honoured and obligated to take office at this historical time and look forward to making joint efforts with the Barbadian Government and friends to deepen our relations in all respects. To this end, I suggest that firstly we enhance our dialogue and mutual trust. Our two countries strategies could be well integrated as long as our understanding of each others development path, model and philosophy is deepened,” Xiusheng told his audience at a cocktail reception held at the Accra Beach Hotel last Friday, which included Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.
Xiusheng, who takes over from Ambassador Wang Ke, has also promised continued assistance in a number of areas, including construction, education, agriculture and health.
“It is fair to say that Chinese/Barbados relations has continued in the fast lane of development and has reached its best time in history,” he added, even as he urged local tourism and other trade sectors to take advantage of the first China International Import/Export Forum to be held in Beijing in November.
The diplomat said he was honoured to be based in Bridgetown.
“I have always been fascinated about the charming landscape, the aromatic rum and the soca music. Also, I am greatly impressed by the hospitality, vitality and accomplishment of Barbados during my first month of stay here,” Xiusheng said.
Meantime Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean said she was satisfied with the level of cooperation between the two countries.
“Economic cooperation between Barbados and China continues to expand and so too, do our cultural, scientific and educational ties. There are increasing investment links as well as the ever important people to people contact, and there have all redounded to the benefit of our two countries.
“The Government of Barbados is committed to its relationship with the People’s Republic of China and feels confident that the exchange of new ambassadors will serve to renew and strengthen our cherished partnership,” McClean said as she welcomed Xiusheng to Barbados.
She also revealed that Barbados’ new ambassador to China Francois Jackman was preparing to take up office in Beijing.(MM)]]>