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China, Trinidad and Tobago pledge to bolster ties


14:58, June 02, 2013

PORT OF SPAIN, June 1 (Xinhua) -- China and Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday pledged to promote political trust and economic ties during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Caribbean country.

The two governments signed a host of agreements on economic cooperation and cultural exchanges after Xi held talks with Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

"Deepening bilateral ties serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples. We will continue to improve high-level exchanges, enhance political trust and promote practical cooperation," Xi told the press after the signing of the agreements.

During the one-hour meeting with Bissessar, which the Chinese president described as warm, friendly and productive, Xi made a four-point proposal on how to improve relations between China and Trinidad and Tobago.

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

The second is to actively expand cooperation in such sectors as infrastructure construction, energy and mining, Xi said, adding the two sides need to explore 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 Chinese president said.

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

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