The friendly partnership for common development between the People's Republic of China and Jamaica enjoyed smooth development and practical cooperation in various fields continued to expand.
The two countries maintained close high-level exchanges. In February, Prime Minister Bruce Golding paid an official visit to China. President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping met with him and Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with him. The two sides signed several agreements on economic cooperation and trade. In September, speaker of the House of Representatives Delroy Chuck came to China for the Second World Investment Forum held by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Vice President Xi Jinping met with Speaker Chuck on the sidelines of the Forum. In November, former Governor-General Sir Kenneth Hall attended the First China-Latin America Think Tank Forum in Beijing.
Government departments and localities of the two countries conducted frequent exchanges. In July, Chairman of CPPCC Hangzhou Committee Sun Zhonghuan visited Jamaica. In August, Cai Qi, Standing Member of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee and Head of its Organization Department, visited Jamaica. In May, Minister of Agriculture Christopher Tufton visited China.
Business cooperation kept expanding and trade volume steadily increased. In July, China National Complete Plant Import and Export Group purchased three state-owned sugar factories in Jamaica. In December, the Jamaica Economical Housing Project, built with the concessional loans provided by the Chinese government, started its construction.
People-to-people, cultural, educational and academic exchanges and cooperation were dynamic. In July, the Confucius Institute at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies was officially opened. A total of 48 Jamaican students came to China for various training programs and 11 Jamaican students came to study in China on scholarships provided by the Chinese government.