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Wang Yi Holds Group Meeting with Foreign Ministers of Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China

On the afternoon of January 21, 2018 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a group meeting in Santiago with Foreign Ministers of Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago as well as Representative of Bahamas who were attending the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Forum of China and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Wang Yi expressed that the Chinese side attaches high importance to developing friendly cooperation with Caribbean countries. Over the past three years, the comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and Caribbean countries has enjoyed substantial development. Both sides have enjoyed increasingly intensified economic and trade exchanges, and more dynamic people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Both sides have supported and coordinated with each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns, and achieved fruitful outcomes from cooperation under the framework of the China-CELAC Forum.

Wang Yi said that in the next phase, the Chinese side is willing to, together with Caribbean countries, further enhance mutual support and coordination, jointly tackle climate change and other common challenges, and deepen cooperation in such areas as disaster reduction and prevention and finance so as to help Caribbean countries improve their capacity to reduce, prevent and resist disasters. China supports the regional integration process in the Caribbean, and stands ready to, together with Caribbean countries, constantly push forward practical cooperation, strengthen personnel exchanges, and facilitate people-to-people bonds, in a bid to jointly foster and forge new highlights of bilateral cooperation.

Wang Yi stressed that the convening of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the China-CELAC Forum is of great significance in promoting mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as the participation of Latin American and Caribbean countries in the "Belt and Road" initiative. The Chinese side expects that this meeting could become a new opportunity for both sides to carry out cooperation under the "Belt and Road" initiative.

Foreign Ministers and Representative of Caribbean countries, which have diplomatic relations with China, thanked the Chinese side for offering strong support and assistance to the economic and social development of Caribbean countries for a long time. They welcome and support the "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping, and stand ready to further deepen cooperation with China in various fields including infrastructure construction, energy, transportation, and financing under the framework of this initiative, so as to achieve common development of both sides. Highly valuing China's international status and role, Caribbean countries stand ready to, together with China, push forward the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. Appreciating the leading role China has played in tackling climate change and other global challenges, Caribbean countries are willing to further enhance cooperation with China in this field and in fields including disaster reduction and prevention, in a bid to elevate the relations between Caribbean countries and China to new highs.

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