On Aug. 22, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi Jinping said, the two peoples of China and Jamaica harbour the most natural friendly feelings toward each other. There are many Chinese in Jamaica, who long ago travelled across the sea to seek livelihood and development in Jamaica. In recent years, the two countries engaged in close contacts and the bilateral cooperation achieved fruitful results. These form the solid foundation for the development of China-Jamaica relationship. Jamaica is the largest trading partner of China in Caribbean region. There is vast space for bilateral cooperation. Both sides should, in line with our respective development strategies, strengthen cooperation in investment, infrastructure construction and other fields. China encourages our enterprises to invest in Jamaica to provide support for the local economic and social development. Jamaica is an important country in Caribbean region. China is willing to work together with Jamaica to promote the development of China-Caribbean relations.
Simpson-Miller said that her visit was very productive. The two sides signed important cooperation agreements. Jamaica cherishes the traditional friendship between the two countries, is willing to strengthen the partnership with China, and firmly supports China on issues concerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Jamaican side welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in Jamaica and is willing to help China train track & field athletes. China's development presents important opportunities for Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. Jamaica is willing to actively promote friendly cooperation between Jamaica and China.
Simpson-Miller said that she was deeply impressed by the great achievements the Chinese people have made in modernization through their hard work under the leadership of the party and the government as well as the Chinese people's spirit of fortitude, perseverance and their courage. Jamaica wishes China to keep growing, to play a greater role in international affairs and to make greater contributions to safeguarding the legitimate interests of small countries and the establishment of a just and rational international order.
Xi Jinping said, it is not an easy job to manage development in such a big country as China. However, difficulty nurses greatness. We keep marching on, rising to the challenges and overcoming difficulties all the time. China's development will make greater contributions to the great cause of world peace and human development.
Xi Jinping pointed out that Jamaica and other small island developing countries are facing more difficulties and challenges for sustainable development. China understands the concerns of small island countries on development issues and urges the international community to take care of the special needs of small island countries and provide more support and help for them. China is willing to strengthen coordination with Jamaica to jointly safeguard the long-term interests of developing countries.