Chinese President meets leaders of Caribbean nations-Mexico and the U.S.

June 3, 2013

International

Chinese President meets leaders of Caribbean nations

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

Xinhua

PORT OF SPAIN– Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping called here Sunday for more vigor and cooperation to boost ties between China and Caribbean nations.

When meeting with Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana, Xi said Guyana is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to establish diplomatic relations with China, which laid a solid foundation for the bilateral relationship.

China is willing to enhance communication and cooperation between the two countries’ governments, parliaments and political parties, and deepen cooperation in such fields as infrastructure, mining, agriculture, forestry and fishery, Xi said.

He pledged to carry out projects including airport, hydro-power generation plant and e-government in Guyana.

Xi also noted that China and Guyana share extensive common interests in the domains of climate change and the reform of the international system, urging close cooperation in multilateral sphere.

For his part, Ramotar spoke highly of China’s development and its important contribution to safeguarding world peace and assisting developing countries.

Guyana looks forward to beefing up communication and cooperation with China so as to raise its level of development, the president said.

When meeting Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Xi said that Antigua and Barbuda is an important partner of China in the Caribbean region, and that China appreciates its support on issues concerning Beijing’s core interests.

Xi said China values the cooperation proposals put forward by Antigua and Barbuda related to people’s livelihoods and tourism, and is ready to exchange views with the Caribbean nation and learn from each other on environmental protection and ecological conservation.

He said this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Antigua and Barbuda, calling on the two countries to use the occasion to lift their cooperation to a higher level.

Noting Antigua and Barbuda will hold the rotating chair of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, Xi said China is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Caribbean country.

Spencer thanked China for its aid to his country and lauded the Asian nation for its efforts to develop relations with Antigua and Barbuda on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

He expressed hope the two countries can strengthen cooperation in economy, trade, culture and multilateral issues, adding that China’s development will bring opportunities for his country and the Caribbean region at large.

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

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Dr. Ariel Armony on Xi Jinping’s visit to Caribbean
Dr. Ariel C. Armony, Director of the University of Miami’s Center for Latin American Studies

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China’s Xi in Costa Rica for trade talks

Xi arrived in Costa Rica after a 3-day stop in oil-rich, English-speaking Trinidad and Tobago, the first by a Chinese president. US Vice President Joe Biden had visited Port of Spain just days before for a summit with Caribbean basin leaders

President Xi Jinping visiting Caribbean

AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Costa Rica for trade talks, as Beijing boosts its profile in a region long considered America’s backyard.

During his visit to Costa Rica — the only country that has diplomatic relations with the Asian giant in Central America, where most countries align with Tawain — the Chinese leader will meet his counterpart Laura Chinchilla, as well as lawmakers and other officials.

He and his wife Peng Liyuan, a soprano singer who has stolen the spotlight during the trip, will later travel to a rural village near the capital before attending a gala dinner hosted by Chinchilla.

Xi arrived in Costa Rica after a three-day stop in oil-rich, English-speaking Trinidad and Tobago, the first by a Chinese president. US Vice President Joe Biden had visited Port of Spain just days before for a summit with Caribbean basin leaders.

The Chinese president focused on trade and energy issues in talks with Caribbean leaders.

“What I found so impressive in the president of China is that he treated the leaders of small Caribbean nations no differently to how he would treat the president of United States” or Britain’s leader, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said.

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed hope that “something happens, something positive, for our region” after Biden and Xi’s visits.

China’s growing interest in the region is “very constructive,” said Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

“It’s a signal to us in the Caribbean that China has been taking us seriously, they have responded to the solidarity we have express them, particularly in the one China policy.”

While all of these Caribbean countries, along with Trinidad and Tobago, recognize Beijing, five other Caribbean nations have forged diplomatic relations with self-ruled Taiwan, which China considers part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

The two split in 1949 after a civil war.

Christie also made a pitch for increasing tourism from China, and spoke to Xi about the need for direct flights to the Bahamas and relaxing visa requirements for tourists.

“China is an excellent place to look for tourists,” said Christie, who said tourism was “the most effective and quickest way to generate economic activity.”

Xi also met with the leaders of Suriname, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Barbados.

Separately, Chinese Politburo member Guo Jinlong was on an official visit to nearby Cuba, an island that Xi was not scheduled to visit.

China signed seven agreements with Cuba to increase bilateral cooperation on trade, transportation, tourism and biotechnology, state media reported.

China, one of Cuba’s main political allies, is the communist island’s second most important trade partner after Venezuela, and one of its main sources of credit.

Xi pledged to boost assistance to Caribbean nations, including sending 100 medical staff to the Caribbean region, training 100 part-time postgraduate students and providing government scholarships for 1,000 students.

He then wrapped up his Caribbean visit and headed to Costa Rica, ahead of visits to North American neighbors Mexico and the United States.

US President Barack Obama will hold an informal summit with Xi on Friday in Rancho Mirage, California, the first since the Chinese leader took office in March.
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A 60 second recap: The Vice President and Dr. Biden in Trinidad

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Barack Obama and Xi Jinping will hold their first face to face meeting since the re-election of the US President and the installation of his Chinese counterpart

Video: What to expect from ‘Unprecedented’ U.S. – China Summit

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U.S.-China Summit Reveals Beijing’s Drive

By Jeremy Page and Colleen McCain Nelson
The Wall Street Journal

The California summit this week between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping reflects the surprising speed with which China’s new leader has asserted his authority at home and laid out his vision to establish his country as a “great power” on a par with the U.S.

The two-day “shirtsleeves summit” was hastily arranged and unusual for China in that it is largely unscripted—highlighting the extent to which Mr. Xi, the son of a revolutionary hero, has established himself as an authoritative and confident leader willing to negotiate directly with Mr. Obama.

U.S. officials hope the retreat at the Sunnylands estate starting Friday will allow the two leaders to develop a personal rapport and to discuss at length—without the protocol of a state visit—the most contentious issues between them, particularly North Korea, cybersecurity and maritime disputes in Asia.

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