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Solidarity Against COVID-19 and Common Development - China and Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China Hold the Second Special Vice-Ministerial Meeting on COVID-19

2020/12/17

On December 16, 2020, the Second Special Vice-Ministerial Meeting Among China and the Caribbean Countries Having Diplomatic Relations with China on COVID-19 was held via video link. The meeting was co-hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang and Foreign Minister Kenneth Darroux of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit attended and addressed the meeting. Delegates from China and nine Caribbean states such as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica were also present.

Zheng Zeguang introduced China's coordination of COVID-19 response with social and economic development, and spoke highly of the outcomes of anti-pandemic cooperation since the first meeting. Zheng said, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Caribbean countries having diplomatic relations with China have assisted each other and conducted fruitful cooperation against COVID-19. The anti-pandemic supplies previously announced by China have been delivered, and the video conferences of medical experts have shared experience in pandemic prevention and control as well as diagnosis and treatment, which further enhances the friendship in the joint fight against COVID-19. Upholding the spirit of building a community with a shared future, China will deliver its solemn commitment of making COVID-19 vaccines a global public good, support the Caribbean countries in pandemic control and economic recovery, jointly tackle global challenges such as climate change, uphold multilateralism and international fairness and justice, and bring the comprehensive cooperative partnership to a new high.

Prime Minister Skerrit offered congratulations on the opening of the meeting, and appreciated China's support and assistance for Dominica and other Caribbean countries. He also expects to step up dialogue and cooperation with China in all fields. All attendees spoke highly of China's achievements in coordinating COVID-19 response with social and economic development. Caribbean countries are willing to cooperate with China in vaccine R&D and deployment, overcome the adverse impact of the pandemic, expand win-win cooperation in trade, investment, infrastructure construction and e-commerce, and resume and expand people-to-people exchanges. They are also willing to work with China to strengthen coordination on international affairs, jointly address climate change, and uphold multilateralism and international fairness and justice, furthering the friendly cooperation between Caribbean countries and China.

A joint press release was issued after the meeting.

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