May 06, 2008

China Supports CARICOM Integration

Premier Wen: China supports Caribbean integration process

BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said on Tuesday that China supported the Caribbean integration process.

"China will strengthen dialogue with the Caribbean community based on mutual respect, reciprocity and equality to promote south-south cooperation and achieve common prosperity," said Wen.
He made the remarks during a meeting with David Thompson, prime minister of Barbados, who arrived in Beijing on Monday for a four-day official visit to China.

Wen said China and Barbados had maintained good cooperation in the areas of trade, technology, and personnel training as well as in such international organizations as the United Nations.

"Both China and Barbados are developing nations and enjoy common interests," Wen said. He vowed to expand cooperation with Barbados on trade, tourism, architecture and sustainable development.
Thompson expressed gratitude for China's support to his country's economic and social development.
He said Barbados attached importance to relations with China and would continue adherence to the one-China policy. He also said that Barbados supported the Beijing Olympic Games and China's participation in the Inter-American Development Bank.

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