|President David Granger of Guyana Meets with Wang Yi|
On September 22, 2018 local time, President David Granger of Guyana met at the presidential palace with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Georgetown.
David Granger first asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping. David Granger expressed that the friendly relations between Guyana and China enjoy a long history. Guyana established diplomatic relations with China just 8 months after the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 2758, becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean country to establish diplomatic relations with China. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral relations have constantly achieved positive progress, and exchanges between the two governments and the two peoples have become increasingly close. Guyana highly appreciates the Chinese side’s adherence to equality among large and small countries in international affairs. The Guyanese side has all along firmly adhered to the one-China policy and has never wavered in this policy. The Guyanese side stands ready to strengthen high-level exchanges, deepen practical cooperation and jointly devote to green development to protect ecological environment with the Chinese side. Guyana has long endorsed and supported the Belt and Road Initiative and believes that this will not only benefit Guyana, but will also boost international development and cooperation and bring extensive benefits to the South American continent. Guyana is willing to, together with the Chinese side, take the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative as an opportunity to translate consensus into actions, so as to provide fresh impetus for the in-depth development of bilateral relations.
Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's warm greetings to President David Granger as well as thanked President David Granger for consolidating and carrying on the traditional friendship between China and Guyana, and for prioritizing Guyana's relations with China in its foreign policy. Wang Yi expressed that the friendship between the Chinese and the Guyanese people has a long history. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 46 years ago, the two countries have always understood and supported each other. China has always maintained that all nations are equal irrespective of size, and has been firmly committed to maintaining the unity and legitimate rights and interests of the large number of developing countries. China advocates the realization of democracy in international relations, mutual friendship and mutual benefit and win-win results. The Chinese side appreciates Mr. President’s reiteration of adherence to the one-China policy and is willing to, together with the Guyanese side, jointly and well design the blueprint of the development for bilateral relations in the new era on the basis of mutual respect and mutual trust. The important driving force of the further development of China-Guyana relations comes from the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. We appreciates that the Guyanese side actively responds to the Belt and Road Initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping and takes the lead in Caribbean countries. An important content of the Belt and Road Initiative is to build a green silk road. We should endeavor to push the integration of the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Green State Development Strategy of the Guyanese side to make the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative a new highlight of China-Guyana relations. Both sides should also further expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cultivate the friendship between the two peoples. We should intensify international cooperation and strengthen communication and coordination on major global issues such as climate change and the agenda for sustainable development, and firmly safeguard the common interests of developing countries.
At the invitation of Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Gary Greenidge of Guyana, Wang Yi paid an official visit to Guyana from September 21 to 22. During the visit, Wang Yi held talks with Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Gary Greenidge of Guyana and jointly met the press, as well as met with Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Irwin LaRocque.