CARICOM leaders to meet with China’s president

CARICOM leaders to meet with China’s president

President Xi’s visit: the first to the Caribbean

President Xi’s visit: the first to the Caribbean

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday May 30, 2013 – China’s President Xi Jingping arrives here on Friday for a three-day visit during which time he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders.

The visit follows that of the United States Vice President Joe Biden earlier this week and according to a Chinese Embassy statement the visit is to “further increase political trust and consolidate friendship and cooperation with the entire region”.   

Biden described his discussions with CARICOM leaders as “frank and cordial” and pledged Washington’s assistance on a wide range of issues affecting the socio-economic development of the of the 15-member regional grouping.

Beijing said that President Xi’s visit, the first to the Caribbean “is also (a) very important event for the host country and its other English-speaking CARICOM member-states, all of which are dwarfed in size, population and economy by their comparatively colossal Latin American neighbours”.  [Read more – Caribbean360]

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