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Special Vice-Ministerial Meeting Held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China and the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China on COVID-19
2020/05/14

  On May 11, 2020, local time, the Special Vice-Ministerial Meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China and the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China on COVID-19 was held via videoconference. Delegates from China and nine Caribbean countries including Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, the Republic of Suriname and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago attended. Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang of the People's Republic of China and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations Hon. Kenneth Darroux of the Commonwealth of Dominica co-chaired the Meeting. Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica attended the opening session and delivered remarks. Mr. Alva Brown, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Grenada attended the meeting and made remarks on behalf of Grenada.

  Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang introduced China's COVID-19 situation and response, pointed out that under the personal leadership and direction of President Xi Jinping China has achieved major strategic outcomes in the battle against COVID-19 after making arduous efforts. At present, China continues to focus on guarding against imported cases and preventing a resurgence of the outbreak at home, and hastens the comprehensive recovery in work and life. China and the Caribbean countries enjoy long-term friendship and have been supporting and assisting each other in the fight against COVID-19. Going forward, China will continue to firmly support the Caribbean side's efforts against COVID-19, share our containment experience and treatment solutions, offer material and technical assistance, and facilitate foreign purchase of medical materials in China. Meanwhile, we will actively expand all-round practical cooperation with the Caribbean countries in areas like trade and investment and strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional organizations to elevate relations to a new level.

  Prime Minister Skerrit congratulated the convening of the conference and thanked China for providing anti-epidemic assistance to the commonwealth of Dominica and other Caribbean countries. Caribbean countries reiterated that they attach great importance to developing relations with China and adhere to the one-China principle. Both sides will support and understand each other on issues related to each other's core interests and major concerns. All sides expressed readiness to enhance cooperation in prevention and control and jointly uphold global health security. The Caribbean side also expressed objection to politicizing, stigmatizing and labelling practices under the pretext of the pandemic, and support for WHO's leading role in the global response. Adhere to multilateralism, strive to maintain the security of the global industrial chain and supply chain, promote the stability and recovery of the economies of all countries. Strengthen communication and coordination in the United Nations and other international and regional organizations to jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.

  After the conference, a Joint Press Communiqué of the Special Vice-Ministerial Meeting between The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of China and the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China on COVID-19 was issued.

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