The People’s Republic of China is ready to join hands with Barbados for the second phase of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, China, from April 25 to 27.
The theme of this year’s BRF is Belt and Road Cooperation Shaping a Brighter Shared Future, with advancing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation toward quality development as its core.
Chinese ambassador to Barbados Yan Xiusheng will attend the opening ceremony of the BRF and make a keynote speech. During the BRF, China will welcome thousands of representatives from more than 150 countries to Beijing, inclusive of Barbados, to take stock of what has been achieved and draw a blueprint for future cooperation to further enrich BRI cooperation.
“China stands ready to enhance cooperation with Barbados within the framework of BRI, to elevate our bilateral relations and pragmatic cooperation to a new height, and benefit peoples in our two countries,” the ambassador said.
“I am convinced that with the concerted efforts of all the participating parties, including China and Barbados, the second BRF will deliver fruitful outcomes, create more driving forces for the economic growth, provide more opportunities for international economic cooperation, and contribute more to the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind.”
Barbados is among the first countries that established diplomatic relations with China in the Caribbean region. Since the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 1977, friendly bilateral relations between the two countries have maintained healthy and steady momentum, and plenty of fruitful achievements have been made in the pragmatic cooperation across areas. Last February, the two countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the Framework of the BRI in Beijing.
Since the BRI was first proposed six years ago, it has advanced work with the guidance of a principle of consultation and cooperation for shared benefits, and focusing on connectivity in the five priority areas of policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and people-to-people ties, aiming to deepen international cooperation, safeguard multilateralism, and boost global growth.