Barbados welcomes new Chinese Ambassador

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)

15 Responses to Barbados welcomes new Chinese Ambassador

  1. Jerry February 24, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    We need their money to help fix the south coast sewage problem. We need them to build a 1.5 Billion Casino Hotel on the site of the defunct Four Seasons Site like they did in The Bahamas. Chinese Tourist are the fastest growing segments of the world market and love to gamble. We need their money to improve our airport so you do not get soaked on arrival. We need their money to increase our port capacity to accommodate and separate Cruise Sips from Cargo Ships who now have to wait offshore or bypass the island with cargo destined for Barbados. We need their money and expertise to take the Island fully Solar so we are no longer dependent on imported oil. We need them to take over all of our arable land and produce food both for their people and ours at a reasonable price.

  2. hcalndre February 24, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    @Jerry/Maxine; why not make Xiusheng president? he could invite about one million Chinese and 1/4 million could take up residence and do all the projects that Jerry wants done on the island, then they can teach how to make those Puma sneakers and other stuff like hand bags and jewelry.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 7:47 am

      You people ain’t getting teach how to make anything, let alone business. keep you lot dependent and even if you were taught you would make no use of it – too much pride to be self sufficient. They will create their sweat shops and let this educated lot go in and sweat – just enough to pay the bills. Now that is using head.

  3. Clemkonan February 25, 2018 at 12:07 am

    A better strategy may be to solicit their help in finding and bringing on line that off shore oil . Forget exploitation why not recognise and value the benefits of a well structured partnership.

  4. Ralph W Talma February 25, 2018 at 2:43 am

    @Jerry, be very careful what you wish for. I would suggest you look at ceretain African Countries where China seems to have extracted far more therefrom than they have given. Having said that, our young people and economy could certain benefit a lot from their expeetise in the solar, computer and construction fields.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 7:50 am

      When you say benefit I hope you are not talking about usury.

  5. Tony Webster February 25, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Old Chinese proverb: “Flying fish should swim faster when shark smiles at him”.

  6. hcalndre February 25, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Tony; They were in and about Africa more that 50 years.

  7. Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 7:53 am

    They got some peoples (including these Barbados leaders) who think that all black people good for is education and sweating.

  8. Carlisle Norville February 25, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Tony Webster, ( I LOVE) your old Chinese proverb it’s so true, in regards to the Chinese Modus operandi.! I recently came back from spending 3 weeks in Jamaica, & although I admire the road construction there are doing over there which, is simply beautiful the Chinese were digging all the bauxite from the land, & sending it back to China. there just gave Guyana billions of dollars but they are digging for gold to send back to China, they are very ambitious in their plan to gather all resources from anywhere in the Carribean, & elsewhere to send back to China ( very smart people, & pursuing their plan for world dominance.!but can we do here in Barbados we need their MONEY & lots of it.1

    • Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 9:25 am

      “pursuing their plan for world dominance”
      NEVER HAPPEN Carlisle. Watch black panther. Always bet on black.

    • hcalndre February 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      @Carlisle Norville; Barbados have people which they can export to China. Maxine said that Barbados is sending an ambassador there, can one imagine running into that person among 1 billion plus Chinese, waste of tax payers money.

  9. Karlos February 25, 2018 at 10:29 am

    It is shameful to hear and read how many would hand over Barbados to Chinese control for a few dollars. A mess of potash, to put it in Biblical terms. Where is your pride of independence, love of country and freedom to think and act democratically? Giving away your birthright for a bagful of Chinese dollars will not solve all your transitory inconveniences.

  10. Jennifer Hinds February 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Look what Chinese folk are doing to other Caribbean islands (example Jamaica) and take heed. Poor Chinese people come to the islands to work and set up businesses. These people were the lowest of the low in their society, some ex-prisoners. They send for theur kinfolk to work the jobs they will not give to islanders at a fair wage. The reap and benefit from your land and return to their country as millionaires. Barbados, you have had forewarning. Do not be driven by the mighty dollar. Pre-plan and keep what is yours. Never sell yourself short by lack of knowledge or foresight and never for the power of the dollar.

  11. allison archer February 25, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    these people have turn their backs completely to the Creator, it’s all about money, fame & power at any cost but God Who is gracious and mercifully longsuffering still has His hands outstretch to these disobedient and gainsaying people

    may those who have ears hear and eyes see

    be bless


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