Chinese military aid for Barbados

Barbados and the People’s Republic of China are strengthening cooperation through two initiatives.

On Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and Chinese Ambassador Wang Ke signed a protocol between the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the People’s Liberation Army of China.

From left, Chinese Ambassador Wang Ke and Senator Maxine McClean.

In the other initiative, the Cabinet of Barbados recently approved a reciprocal Visa Waiver Agreement with China to include holders of ordinary passports.

Senator McClean explained that the initialization of the document followed the signing of an agreement between the BDF and China on March 15. 

Under this agreement, China will provide Barbados with military aid gratis, valued at almost six million Barbados dollars.

“The protocol signed today serves to detail the specific equipment which the People’s Liberation Army has agreed to provide to the Barbados Defence Force.        It should be noted that although the Chinese government has donated military equipment to Barbados on previous occasions – military equipment which has been a tremendous benefit to the Barbados Defence Force in the execution of its duties – this is the largest such donation to date,” Senator McClean said.

Ambassador Wang Ke, expressing delight at the agreement, explained that the equipment to be purchased included a patrol boat. 

“I believe that the protocol is a demonstration of the friendship between the People’s Republic of China and Barbados and will play a pivotal role in capacity building, especially for the Coast Guard and in disaster mitigation,” she noted.

McClean spoke of the excellent relations between the two countries, noting that 2017 will mark 40 years of diplomatic relations.

“In 2017, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados and the People’s Republic of China and of continuous support by Barbados of the One-China Policy.  One distinct characteristic of the relations between Barbados and the People’s Republic of China, especially within recent years, is that they have remained engaging and productive,” she stated.

McClean noted two examples of such activities as the recent arrival of a Chinese medical team in Barbados to assist with the provision of medical care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the Sixth Round of Consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of some Caribbean countries and China’s Foreign Ministry, which took place in March.

“We also witnessed the successful completion and signing of the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and the Treaty on Extradition between our two countries . . . . This year also marked the beginning of the rehabilitation work on the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, which has been facilitated by grant funding provided by China . . . . We have also benefited from cooperation in the area of education, with scholarships, training seminars and tangible donations to assist in several Government initiatives, such as climate change mitigation,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs added.

9 Responses to Chinese military aid for Barbados

  1. Jennifer December 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm


  2. Hal Austin December 21, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Wow. Chinese military aid. From the Communist Part of China which brutalises its people. Where is the Opposition? Where are our community activists?
    We are led by a bunch of ‘educated’ fools. The Chinese are not our friends. They see us as an easy touch.

  3. Hewers of wood December 21, 2016 at 6:17 am

    @Hal – Thank you Hal well said. Something is up. These people are our enemies, they were from the outset, and all nations round about us even the ones who sit silent just stroking the pump. But this is what happens when you are a destroyed people not knowing who you are: And on top of it what disaster are they expecting???? What other weapons did they give them too. All this wishy washy news. God help us.

    • Kenneth McGill December 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Well put. China does not give something for nothing. I wish my country would give to Barbados as a friend and neighbor and ask nothing in return.

  4. Kammie a Holder December 21, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Reciprocal Visa Agreement, what a stupid decision with the most populous country.

    • Richard Johnston December 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Do you not want to give them a chance to spend their money in Barbados?

  5. The Elephant December 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

    What enemy ? I think a great deal of people suffer from amnesia. Do you forget Barbados is very much third world a little dash of land…punching quite hard above its weight so much so the people seem to have forgotten from whence they came… who are your enemies? China? A country that is over 3 million square miles and an army that is 7 times the size of our population…manpower of 2.3 million equipped with nuclear arms that could sink 166 sq miles with terrible ease. What Enemies ? @halaustin @Hewersofwood who do you align yourselves with that you stand against the People’s Republic of China ? If you truly have enemies they are the imperialist who enslave you to a particular capitalistic ideology to give “developing nations” the hope of economic growth and societal development. Then stifle you with debt which you cannot repay for the sake of development. Coercing your leaders into making decisions which will be to the detriment of you the average citizen. If you had enemies it would be those who seek to destroy your society and your economy.

  6. Tony Webster December 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    @The Elephant: cud you please direct me to the nearest Chinese church, so I might give thanks appropriately, for such munificence? Have you no idea, none at all, of how the Chinese Communist Party, is structured, and maintains its grip on power? Would you like to go live there? I am sure it could be arranged…Just contact the Hon. minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, who is in evidently close and intimate contact with the Ambassador. Indeed, thanks to the wisdom of the current administration of this country we love so much…you now would not even need, that visa. Just ups and go!

    On your way out East, please drop by the Sprattley reefs ( now Chinese Islands) and check what weapons are being installed, as this has fundamental International impact on the international sea-lanes that currently pass nearby.

    We playing wid very sharp-edged tools here, but are apparently distracted by more immediate and nearby problems, like water, sewage, unemployment, and taxes.

  7. Rick December 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Very well said Tony, short sightedNess is a dangerous thing the governing body cannot seem to see past the few dollars now into the future.


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