News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. May 24, 2013: New President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, will visit the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago during the period May 31 to June 2, 2013, Trinidad’s office of the Prime Minister said this week.
The Chinese President will be accompanied by his wife, PengLiyuan. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad Bissessar, in announcing President Xi’s visit, said the People’s Republic of China have enjoyed diplomatic relations for the past 39 years and trade links by citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are already established, with business owners from Trinidad and Tobago frequenting the People’s Republic of China, to purchase goods.
The Prime Minister also stated that nationals of the People’s Republic of China, have been working in this country for a number of years, particularly in the construction industry, and are currently engaged in the construction of the Couva Children’s Hospital, UWI South Campus, Debe and a Confucius Institution.
China’s growing economic investments in the Caribbean will be the focus this June as the Chinese American Business Development Center, (CABDC), teams with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, (CTO), and digital media solutions company, Hard Beat Communications, to present the definitive investment conference on the Caribbean, Invest Caribbean Now.
Xiaoguang Liu is Consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York; Lin Jiangxin, president of American Chinese Commerce Development Association, (ACCDA) and Li Li, managing director of the CADBC are part of a panel that will discuss the topic China and the Caribbean, at the third annual ICN, set for June 5th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Martinique hotel at 32nd and Broadway in New York City.
Trinidad and Tobago PM meanwhile, expressed the hope that President Xi’s visit will foster greater cooperation with China in the context of advancing mutually strategic developmental goals.
President Xi assumed office as the Head of State of the People’s Republic of China at the Twelfth National People’s Congress in March of this year, succeeding His Excellency Hu Jintao. He also holds the office of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As General Secretary, he is also an ex-officio member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee.
President Xi is from the fifth generation of leadership of the People’s Republic. His policies include market economic reforms, an open approach to governance, and a comprehensive national renewal under the neologism “Chinese Dream.”
In recent years, the People’s Republic of China has greatly expanded its political and economic outreach to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Trinidad and Tobago has consistently remained an adherent to the One China Policy since it recognized and supported the restoration of China’s legitimate rights in the United Nations during the 26th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1971.
The visit of the Chinese President to T&T will follow closely on the heels of the Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden, who will pay an official visit to the twin-island Republic during the period May 27 to May 28, 2013.