News - Real Estate - Economy (February
China, Jamaica forge friendly partnership of common development
China and Jamaica decided on Tuesday to establish
friendly partnership of common development.
The announcement came following a meeting
between visiting Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong and Jamaican
Governor-General Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke.
The two sides also declared that Jamaica
recognizes the full market economy status of China, which in return lists
Jamaica as a tourism destination for its citizens.
Zeng noted that since the two countries forged
diplomatic ties 30-plus years ago, bilateral relations have been developed
steadily and contacts at various levels have been frequent.
China is satisfied with the development of the
relations, Zeng said, noting that bilateral cooperation is fruitful in the
political, economic and cultural sectors and in international affairs.
China appreciated Jamaica's adherence to the
one-China policy on the Taiwan issue, Zeng said, adding that China is ready to
join hands with Jamaica to enrich the contents of the friendly partnership of
Cooke, for his part, said the friendly
bilateral ties have benefited the two peoples and Jamaica hopes that this
relationship will become better and closer.
Also on Tuesday, Zeng held talks with Jamaican
Prime Minister Percival Noel James Patterson.
Zeng called for efforts from both sides to
expand economic and trade cooperation and further promote bilateral partnership.
The Chinese government encourages Chinese
companies to conduct various forms of economic and trade cooperation with
Jamaica, Zeng said.
He said the first ministerial meeting of the
China-Caribbean economic and trade cooperation forum, scheduled to open here
Wednesday, will provide a platform for exchanges between entrepreneurs from
China and the Caribbean countries, including Jamaica.
Related departments of the two countries should
have an in-depth exchange of views on the mechanism of the forum and strengthen
cooperation to prolong its effectiveness, he said.
Patterson agreed to Zeng's proposals, saying
they are practical and feasible. He hoped that Jamaica's cooperation with China
will be reinforced in infrastructure, sports and the entertainment industry and
his country expects to coordinate with China in international economic affairs.
The prime minister reiterated Jamaica's adherence
to the one-China policy.
After the talks, the two sides signed eight
cooperation accords on economy, technology, culture and tourism.
Zeng arrived in Jamaica Tuesday, the last leg of
his five-nation Latin America and Caribbean tour, which also took him to Mexico,
Peru, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. He is scheduled to leave here for
Beijing on Thursday.