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Xi vows to advance ties with Trinidad and Tobago

Xinhua)  10:07, June 02, 2013  

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) is welcomed by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar before their talks in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, June 1, 2013. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

PORT OF SPAIN, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks here Saturday with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago and pledged to advance bilateral friendly cooperation.

Calling Trinidad and Tobago one of China's most important cooperation partners in the Caribbean, Xi said the two peoples enjoy a time-honored friendship and bilateral cooperation has great potential.

As the two nations prepare to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year, China is ready to join hands with the Caribbean nation to further boost bilateral relations, he said.

To that end, Xi made a four-point proposal.

First, the two sides should enhance exchanges of high-level visits and communication between government agencies, legislatures and political parties of the two sides.

The two countries' foreign ministries, he suggested, should consult with each other from time to time so as to promote mutual understanding and trust.

The second is to actively expand cooperation in such sectors as infrastructure construction, energy and mining, while exploring new cooperation opportunities in areas such as agriculture, fishing, science and technology, investment and financing, telecommunications and new energy.

Third, they should enhance people-to-people exchanges, especially those in tourism, culture, education and training, health care, sports and media.

The two sides, he added, should also rev up youth exchanges, set up a Confucius Institute in Trinidad and Tobago at an early date, and carry out next year's celebrations smoothly, so as to cement mutual understanding and friendship.

The fourth is to strengthen coordination on international affairs. Xi said China fully understands the special situation and concerns of small island countries on the issue of climate change, and has always been supportive of their appropriate demands in climate change talks.

China, he said, will actively consider providing energy-saving products for relevant Caribbean countries, so as to help them enhance their abilities to adapt to and cope with climate change.

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(Editor:HuangBeibei、Yao Chun)


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