Let's Get Together, Feel Alright and Seek Happiness for the People
By H. E. TIAN Qi, Ambassador of China to Jamaica

On the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica, I wish to extend my warm and sincere congratulations and best wishes to the government and people of Jamaica! What a great joy it is to share the great happiness with brotherly and sisterly Jamaican people!

59 years ago, Jamaican people were very proud of what they had accomplished as an independent country after years of arduous struggle and endeavor. Since then, Jamaica has embarked on the path of seeking prosperity and happiness for the country and its people. Jamaica has not only successfully transformed itself into the place of choice to live, work, raise family and do business, but also established itself as a world brand in music, athletics and tourism. I firmly believe that China and Jamaica share the common goal of putting people first and letting them live a better life.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Jamaica 49 years ago, the bilateral relations have enjoyed a sound momentum of development. The mutual cooperation and exchanges in all areas have been fruitful and brought great benefits to our two countries and peoples. The Blue Mountain coffee, Rum and Reggae music from Jamaica are getting increasingly popular in China. In the past week, people across China cheered for the fantastic performance of Jamaican athletes at Tokyo Olympics, and I look forward to another successful season for Jamaican athletes at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Jamaica have been working in unity and solidarity and supporting each other, injecting new impetus to the profound and traditional China-Jamaica friendship in adversity. China will continue providing necessary assistance to Jamaica within its capacity to support Jamaica's recovery from the pandemic. I am confident that we will get through this pandemic together and build a healthier and brighter future.

2022 will mark the 60th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Jamaica. China will strengthen communication and coordination with Jamaica to prepare for and ensure the success of relevant celebration events.

May Jamaica enjoy prosperity and Jamaican people good health and happiness. Wish China-Jamaica Strategic Partnership be promoted to new heights.

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