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PM hails relationship with China

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described Barbados’ relationship with China as “a long and fruitful” one, with both countries working together at the political, economic, cultural and military levels.

However Stuart said he wants to see more Chinese tourists here, and pointed out that an Air Services Agreement and visa requirements needed to be finalised.

“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,” he stated at a recent meeting with a six-member delegation from the People’s Republic of China.

The group was led by Deputy Chief of the Office of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of National Defence of China, Major General Changming Hu; Major General Bing Wu of the Central Military Committee of China; Senior Colonel Yajun Sun, Anhui Provincial Military Command; and China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke.


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart greeting Deputy Chief of the Office of International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of National Defence of China, Major General Changming Hu, while some members of the Chinese delegation look on.

The Prime Minister said both countries had worked closely together at the United Nations and other international fora to promote shared values. He added that he was pleased with China’s relationship with the Barbados Defence Force, saying that the training and equipment received had done much to strengthen that organisation.

“We look forward to the deepening of that relationship and expanded training opportunities from China at the military level,” Stuart stated.

Major General Hu agreed that China and Barbados had enjoyed good bilateral relations over the past 39 years. He said the Chinese President attaches great importance to the relationship between both countries, as well as the friendly relations with the Caribbean region.

“We strongly believe that our relationship will become better and go to a new level,” he stated via an interpreter.

Major General Hu indicated that a large number of Chinese travel overseas and he looked forward to some of them visiting Barbados.

Source: BGIS

7 Responses to PM hails relationship with China

  1. Cindy Rickerby
    Cindy Rickerby April 2, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    The Chinese ate only interested in the Chinese. They just looking to see what they can own in or take from Barbados. Our politicians are clowns.

  2. Tony Webster April 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Deputy Chief of MILITARY Co-operation…you say? Hmmmmm…

  3. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray April 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I know the Chinese built an island some where in the far east, and America move in their warships next door

  4. Richard Johnston April 3, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Barbados has long required citizens of Hong Kong, a former British colony and “Special Administrative Region” of China, to obtain visas through a time-consuming and costly process. It is insulting and counterproductive to require some of the most prosperous and successful people on earth to kowtow to Bajan bureaucracy.

  5. Richard Johnson April 3, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Furthermore, Hong Kong residents have visa-waiver status in the United States, Canada and the European Union, among others. Isn’t it time Barbados got with it?

  6. jrsmith April 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Barbados relationship and the region with the Chinese is good for the USA and the Chinese, for the US the region is like a sore thumb so let the Chinese take the heat off. our Priminister cannot see how we are being used, Barbados or the region has nothing to offer China. china has become the worlds money box/piggy bank, ten years ago it was they human rights but the deceit comes out , that’s all forgotten..

    The real issue the (Trump ) being President of the US..thats the treat to the Chinese so they will hang on anywhere in the region. If china was so interested in Barbados why cant they divert some of they manufacturing to Barbados give us jobs, but our Priminister cant see beyond tourism way out of his league. What military levels we cannot even afford a decent drone..

  7. leroy April 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I see fruendel positioning himself to beg china for $, and de chinese only just happy to give,,lol, repayment is a b****


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