The 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China Celebrated in Kingston
On October 1st, H.E. TIAN Qi, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica and Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority, held a reception to celebrate the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China. Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, attended and addressed the reception. Also present were Dr. Peter Phillips, Leader of the Opposition, Senator the Honourable Thomas Tavares-Finson, President of the Senate, the Honourable Robert Montague, Chairman of JLP and Minister of Transport and Mining, Dr. the Honourable Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Honourable Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, The Honourable Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister, Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, The Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, The Honourable Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Major General Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Velma Ricketts Walker, Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Andrew Wynter, CEO of PICA, Dr. Wykeham McNeill and Mr. Philip Paulwell, Vice Presidents of PNP, Ms. Lisa Hanna, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade of the Opposition, H.E. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of Chinese expatriates and enterprises in Jamaica and friends from all fields.
Ambassador TIAN Qi elaborated on China's achievements  during the past 69 years, especially after 40 years of the Reform and Opening-up and expressed his confidence in the bright prospect of China's development under the guidance of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. He reiterated China's commitment to forging a new form of international relations and building a community with a shared future for mankind. Since 2013 when the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed, China has further contributed to world peace and development. He spoke highly of China and Jamaica as important partners in production capacity cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative. The Friendly Partnership for Common Development has achieved fruitful development. He expressed his willingness to deepen China-Jamaica friendly partnership to better benefit the both countries and peoples. He reaffirmed that China will work with all other countries to better preserve and explore the common heritage of mankind through participation in the international seabed affairs.
Minister Johnson Smith conveyed greetings on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica. She congratulated China on the tremendous strides in its development, expressed gratitude to China for the resolute bilateral support and commended the Chinese enterprises and Chinese communities for their contribution to Jamaica's economic and social development. Jamaica cherishes its longstanding friendship with China and values China's important role in international affairs. Jamaica-China friendship has blossomed into a mutually beneficial partnership. She extended her best wishes to the continued peace, progress and prosperity of China and to the further strengthening of friendship between the two countries through the Belt and Road Initiative and with other countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
The JDF Military Band performed the National Anthems and traditional Chinese music at the reception. Chinese songs presented by the chorus from the JCF officers, representatives from the Chinese embassy and enterprises were warmly applauded as well.
Ambassador TIAN Qi accepted an interview with TVJ on the spot of the reception. The celebration was also covered by JIS, the Gleaner, Jamaica Observer, and PBCJ.
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