Barbados welcomes Chinese naval hospital

Close to 100 Barbadians will have an opportunity over the next few days to receive medical assistance from the visiting Chinese naval hospital, Ark Peace.

The November 26 to December 3 visit is part of the vessel’s goodwill tour throughout the Caribbean.

At a special reception on Saturday evening the 398 crew members of Ark Peace hosted dignitaries including acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy and other government officials, on a tour of the vessel.

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Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy (second right) and Labour Minister Dr Esther Byer (right) meet with crew members of Ark Peace.

The 4000m vessel, which was commissioned in 2008, is the only one in Beijing and has so far visited 27 countries, providing medical care to over 19,000 patients.

China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke said the visiting ship’s 81-day voyage to Barbados is a testament to the deepening of 38 years of cooperation between the two countries.

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Chinese Ambassador Wang Ke (centre) with acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy (left) and Senior Captain Guan Bailin.

“This December marks two momentous occasions in China-Barbados relations, the redevelopment project of Sam Lords Castle and the Chinese hospital ship,” Ke said, noting that this is the first time a foreign hospital ship is visiting the island to provide free medical care to locals.

 

Acting Prime Minister Sealy welcomed the Chinese navy, stating that their presence is “further evidence of the relations … being further concretised”.

He cited events such as the Fish and Dragon Festival, the graduation of cohorts from Confucius Centre at the University Of Cave Hill, as well as programmes like the preferential buyers credit loan from the Export Import Bank of China as examples of the strengthening ties between Bridgetown and Bejing, and said government looks forward to even more cooperation in the future.

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A demonstration by the crew of the Chinese naval ship.

“We look forward to refurbishment of the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium … to further cultural exchanges between people, especially the young people of Barbados and the People’s Republic of China.

“This visit forms another cornerstone of these ever improving relationships that is between Barbados and the People’s Republic of China,” Sealy said.

The Ark Peace will be open to the public until December 1 from 8: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (KK)

15 Responses to Barbados welcomes Chinese naval hospital

  1. jrsmith November 30, 2015 at 7:01 am

    @,Hal, A, hail,hail on the button, we are a beggar nation, standing at the crossroads ,with a tin cup in hand. and with all this education, our so call professionals cant sit together and come up with ideals to help. All they do is talk, talk, talk. Dream and pray.

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  2. Melanie November 30, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Well if Barbados is ‘begging’ assistance from China then we are in company with many other much larger countries. The UK recently agreed to billions of investment in infrastructure from China including, controversially, in nuclear power too.

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  3. Kermit November 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Chinese coming to Barbados to offer aide, next thing you know everything in Barbados will be made in China and our debt will be in the trillions of dollars. It will be raining cats and dogs. But that none of my business.

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  4. sheila Mcintosh November 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The leaders of Barbados need wisdom and understanding to lead the country without all handouts,if bajan leaders think that China have their interest at heart they are making a big mistake.Chinese leaders are coming to see what they want to control in Barbados,open your eyes leaders have wisdom,can any barbadian leader go to China ,have China open their doors to giving people visa to come in their country,stop selling out your island to foreign oppressors,they certainly do not have your interest,they have their own interests of taking away the little that is there for black bajans

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  5. Kevin November 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

    The ship goes to countries throughout the globe far and wide. If they can offer aid on top of what this country can offer, let them come. Every body aint poor-great, and I’m sure those Bajans who get help will be grateful.

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  6. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt November 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Just now we’ll have no stray dogs, cats or rat problems. Welcome to the Terminators!

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  7. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN November 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    It will only be a matter of time.Once the Chinese get a foothold in,that’s all they want. Anyone that reads this little prediction from BoBoTheClown will in the near future be saying ,BoBo did say it.
    Within the next four years or less they will be Chinese plying their trades all over Barbados with inferior products that in most cases will do more harm than good. For instance ,most of the toys, cell phones ,and computers to name a few items contain dangerous lead levels which ultimately leads to cancer.
    And believe you me they’ll be cheap and attractive too.

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  8. sunshinecanada November 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    well said, Kermit, they already takeover barbados, Blp better get friendly with them, O lordy, Buddha,

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  9. sam Clarke November 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    SOME INDEPENDENCE FOR BARBADOS? WOW!! NEXT UP THE RESURRECTION OF THE CORNWALLIS, CAUSE BARBADOS IS ON LIFE SUPPORT.
    NOW CHINA SOLD THEM FAKE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, CONTAMINATED SHEET ROCK FOR CONSTRUCTION, THEN MONEY FOR EVERY THING THAT IS BEING DONE BY THIS GOVERNMENT. YOU KNOW WHAT IS NEXT? LIKE ALL THE CHINESE CLAIM OF LAND IN THE THE FAR EAST, IT HAS CLAIM THE THE CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES, FOR THEY ALL HAVE BEEN BOUGHT BY CHINA.
    DEH BETTER BE CAREFUL THAT THIS MEDICAL SHIP AIN’T GIVING THEM FAKE MEDICINE TOO.

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  10. Tony Waterman November 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    They come like thieves in the night, and leave before the Morning Light.
    The chinese do not do anything that does NOT profit them, if we go back and listen to Captain Sawyer’s 2015 calypso, we would realise that he was castigated unfairly for his Truthful Lyrics.

    when it comes to the Chinese, the will be looking for “”Something for Something””

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  11. ian brathwaite November 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    China does have a lot to offer and Barbados can greatly gain from the offerings but, Barbadians have to demand transparency in all of these matters. No country in these crucial times are offering services without something being reciprocate. Lets hope that it all works out fine.

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  12. What de Muddah.... December 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Wow, pretty disappointed with the comments here from fellow bajans. Especially @Hal @Tony @SAMCLARKE ALL CAPS
    Naval Ships have been making Port Calls to Barbados for over 200 years. How is this any different? The Chinese are showing off their Medical Support hospital Ship to the world.

    Lets see where your comments are if God forbid a natural disaster like an Earthquake hits Barbados. This ship can be here in days and provide Medical support that could save your life.

    – Muddah-

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  13. jrsmith December 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    @, BOBO,The same clown, good points , must add, will hope they sell Barbados ,some vehicles , with C E and FCC passed, these vehicle are made in China, for Barbados, they are driverless, and accident free , but , can be resold to the region.

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  14. Maureen Smith December 2, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Those receiving medical treatment will understandably be delighted. However, looking at the bigger picture, Barbados should be seriously wary of ‘friends bearing gifts’.

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