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PNP REITERATES ITS COMMITMENT TO THE FRIENDSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

PNP REITERATES ITS COMMITMENT TO THE FRIENDSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Kingston, Jamaica, August 14, 2017: Following a meeting between Dr. Peter Phillips, President of the People’s National Party and Niu Qingbao, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, we wish to make it clear that the People’s National Party (PNP) continues to maintain friendly, respectful and mutually beneficial relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Over many decades, since former Party President and Prime Minister Michael Manley led Jamaica in recognizing the People’s Republic of China as the only representative of the Chinese People, the relationship between the Party and China has remained strong.  This has included cooperation in international fora such as the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77, the United Nations and people-to-people exchanges, all directed at securing the interests of developing countries. It should be noted also, that the People’s National Party has been in the forefront of widening Jamaica’s trade and international relations to include the largest number of countries, and in particular to advance  South–South co-operation.

More recently the relationship between Jamaica and China has included a deepening of trade and investment activities, aimed at securing mutual benefits.  As with all bilateral relationships, it behoves each country to ensure that their separate interests are reconciled and protected so that they may benefit.  We, in the People’s National Party, are firmly of the view that it is the primary duty of a Jamaican government to keep under constant review the sovereign interest of the Jamaican people in a world of sovereign states and take the steps required to protect our nationals.  We continue to pursue mutually respectful and friendly relations with the People’s Republic of China based on the principles of sovereign equality, respect for the laws of each country and non-interference in the internal affairs of each state.

Party President Philips was supported by Julian Robinson, General Secretary, and Dr. Morais Guy, the Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, in today’s meeting.