Mitchell: Grenada, China relationship one of mutual respect
St George’s – The Grenada government has defended its relationship with China, saying that the Asian country has made good on its promise to assist in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean.
The second phase of the China Aid Low-Income Housing Project will provide 647 housing units and a government statement said that an additional 130 of those units have now been completed.
Giving support to the one-China policy, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said Grenada’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 2004, has brought tremendous benefits to the people of Grenada.
“Our role in government is about building up our people and improving their quality of life. Housing is an important consideration in improving the quality of life and we are making a significant contribution to this, through this low-income housing project. We must thank China for its benevolence in that regard.”
Mitchell dismissed claims that China is attempting to control Grenada as part of a plan to create hegemony.
“The relationship between China and Grenada has always been one of mutual respect. They have helped us achieve tremendous development strides but most importantly, they recognise the sovereignty of Grenada and similarly, we recognise the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China.”
Social Development and Housing Minister, Delma Thomas, said the low-income housing project will have a positive impact on many Grenadian families and she urged those who will benefit to ensure that the units are properly maintained.
China’s Ambassador to Grenada, Wei Hongtian, said progress on the project has been challenging because of delays caused by the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, he offered assurances that both the Chinese and Grenadian governments attach great importance to housing and improving the well-being of citizens. (CMC)