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Chinese president says his visit to Trinidad and Tobago to inject vitality into bilateral ties

Xinhua)  11:25, June 01, 2013  

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st L) arrive in Port of Spain May 31, 2013 to start a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago. Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan were welcomed by President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago at the airport. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

PORT OF SPAIN, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Friday that his state visit to Trinidad and Tobago will "inject new and strong vitality" into the development of relations between China and the Caribbean country.

"To consolidate and advance China-Trinidad and Tobago relations will not only benefit our two peoples, but also contribute to the unity and cooperation between China and countries in the Caribbean region and other developing countries," Xi said in a written statement issued upon his arrival in Port of Spain.

The Chinese president was greeted by President Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and other leaders of Trinidad and Tobago at the airport, where Carmona hosted a welcoming ceremony in honor of Xi.

Xi, the first Chinese president to visit Trinidad and Tobago since the two nations established diplomatic relations in 1974, is expected to hold talks with Carmona and Persad-Bissessar on how to expand bilateral cooperation.

"I look forward to having in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest with President Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and other leaders of Trinidad and Tobago," Xi said.

"I am confident that with our joint efforts, my visit will achieve full success and inject new and strong vitality into the growth of friendly relations between our two countries," he said.

Xi will also hold bilateral meetings in Port of Spain with the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Surinam and Jamaica, all of which are Caribbean countries with diplomatic ties with China, according to Chinese officials.

Xi said that he looks forward to discussing bilateral ties with the leaders of the Caribbean countries and exploring together ways to boost cooperation.

"I believe that with the concerted efforts of all participants, these meetings will be successful and elevate the friendly relations and cooperation between China and Caribbean countries to a new level," he said.

Trinidad and Tobago is an important cooperative partner of China in the English-speaking Caribbean region.

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(Editor:HuangBeibei、Zhang Qian)


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