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Strengthening Diplomatic Ties: Cementing China-Antigua and Barbuda Friendship for a Shared Future

Strengthening Diplomatic Ties: Cementing China-Antigua and Barbuda Friendship for a Shared Future

Strengthening Diplomatic Ties: Cementing China-Antigua and Barbuda Friendship for a Shared Future

In a significant diplomatic move, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China warmly welcomed the Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, to the Great Hall of the People on January 24th, 2024. This historic meeting marked the first visit of a leader from Latin America and the Caribbean to China in the new year, underscoring the depth of the diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Friendship and Shared Values: President Xi’s Appreciation for Prime Minister Browne: 

President Xi Jinping expressed his delight at reuniting with Prime Minister Browne after a decade, hailing him as a “true friend of the Chinese people.” During their discussions, President Xi highlighted Prime Minister Browne’s unwavering commitment to the One-China principle and his consistent support for China on matters of shared core interests and major concerns.

President Xi acknowledged Prime Minister Browne’s role in fostering a strong bond between the two nations, emphasizing the shared values that form the foundation of their diplomatic relationship.

Strengthening Strategic Alignment: Mutual Commitment for Greater Results:

President Xi conveyed his government’s eagerness to elevate the strategic alignment with Antigua and Barbuda, aiming to usher in a new era of cooperation that would yield substantial benefits for both countries. The Chinese President expressed gratitude for Prime Minister Browne’s continuous efforts in advancing bilateral relations.

Highlighting the significance of strategic alignment, President Xi emphasized the joint commitment to achieving greater results and fostering mutual benefits through enhanced collaboration between China and Antigua and Barbuda.

Global Leadership and Inspiration: Prime Minister Browne’s Appreciation and Recognition:

Prime Minister Browne, in turn, praised President Xi’s visionary leadership, acknowledging China’s role in providing valuable assistance to developing nations like Antigua and Barbuda. He commended President Xi’s global initiatives, including the Belt and Road initiative, the GDI institute, and the Civilization and Security initiatives.

Prime Minister Browne emphasized President Xi’s global leadership, citing the Belt and Road initiative and other initiatives as sources of inspiration. He called upon developed nations to follow China’s lead in promoting shared global prosperity, peace, and equitable development.

Signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs):

In a tangible demonstration of the commitment to closer cooperation, Foreign Minister E. P. Chet Greene and Health Minister the Hon. Molwyn Joseph signed several MOUs with their Chinese counterparts during the meeting.

The signed MOUs encompass cooperation in diverse fields such as health, education, and infrastructural development, aiming to strengthen the ties between the two nations and facilitate meaningful progress.

A Milestone in Diplomacy – Cementing China-Antigua and Barbuda Friendship for a Shared Future

As diplomatic relations between China and Antigua and Barbuda reach new heights, the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Gaston Browne signifies a pivotal moment in the history of their friendship. The signed MOUs further solidify the commitment to mutual growth, cooperation, and development, paving the way for a harmonious and equitable global landscape.

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