Work Together to Create a Bright Future for China-Jamaica Relations
Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica Chen Daojiang Contributes a Signature Article to Jamaican Media
12 July 2022
Wah Gwaan, Jamaica?!
It is my great honour to come to Jamaica, a shining pearl on the Caribbean Sea, to serve as the 16th Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Jamaica. I was attracted by Jamaica’s natural beauty upon my first sight of the island on 30 May 2022. Since taking office over one month ago, I have paid courtesy calls on several Jamaican officials and friends from various walks of life, talked with heads of Chinese enterprises and communities in Jamaica, and visited the National Gallery of Jamaica, from which I fully experienced Jamaica’s unique culture and abundant creativity, deeply impressed by profound friendship between Jamaican government and people and Chinese government and people, and recognized the bright future of Jamaica’s economic and social development and the huge potential of China-Jamaica practical cooperation in various fields. Therefore, I have full confidence in the future development of the China-Jamaica strategic partnership.
There is a proverb in Jamaica, which goes “Wi likkle, but wi tallawah”. Jamaica is the largest English-speaking country in the Caribbean region with great influence and the first Caribbean country to establish strategic partnership with China. China and Jamaica established diplomatic relations on 21 November 1972, opening a new chapter for China-Jamaica exchanges. Over the past 50 years, under the strategic guidance of leaders of our two countries, China-Jamaica relations maintain steady and sound development and bring tangible benefits to our two peoples. The China-aid new headquarter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, North-South highway and the Confucius Institute at Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies are witnesses and symbols of China-Jamaica friendship and cooperation. Particularly since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Jamaica has been joining hands and working together to fight against it, which vividly explains the true meaning of “a friend in need is a friend indeed”. China will continue providing support within its capacity for Jamaica’s fight against the pandemic and economic recovery.
The year of 2022 is crucial for both China and Jamaica. As Jamaica celebrates its 60th anniversary of Independence this year, I sincerely wish that Jamaica could take it as an opportunity to find a development path that suits its national conditions. Big up Jamaica! The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will also be convened this year. Under the leadership of the CPC, China will make more and steady progress toward the goals of fully building a modern socialist country and achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Development is the key to solve all problems. Creating a better life for people is the common goal of our two countries. In September 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI), calling for a more robust, greener and more balanced global development. Last month, President Xi Jinping announced at the High-level Dialogue on Global Development that China will take a series of practical measures to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We welcome Jamaica to join the GDI and enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields such as poverty alleviation, food security, fight against the COVID-19, climate change, industrialization, digital economy and connectivity so as to constantly inject new impetus into the China-Jamaica strategic partnership.
As the new Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, I look forward to working with people from all walks of life in Jamaica and taking the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations as an opportunity to implement the strategic consensus reached by leaders of our two countries and work together to create a bright future for China-Jamaica strategic partnership. We welcome all Jamaican friends to actively participate in relevant events celebrating the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.
Jamaica’s rum, Blue Mountain coffee, reggae music and sprint are world-famous. I stand ready to walk around and visit as many places in Jamaica as I can during my tenure to experience Jamaica’s rich culture, act as a messenger of bilateral people-to-people exchanges and promoter of China-Jamaica practical programmes, and make more contributions to strengthening China-Jamaica friendship.