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A key architect of China's foreign policy to make official visit to Jamaica

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 4:29 PM
In this file photo, Managing Director of National Road Operating and Constructing Company Ivan Anderson (left) and speaking with China Harbour's Xutao Chen

The man considered to be one of the key architects of China's foreign policy is to arrive in Jamaica tomorrow for a one day official visit.

State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China, Yang Jiechi, will be accompanied by a 12-member delegation to meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Jiechi, who is also the director of the Chinese Central Foreign Affairs Office, will discuss a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, including Chinese investment projects in Jamaica, the One Belt, One Road Initiative and climate change.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister this afternoon said the Chinese State Councillor’s visit is aimed at enhancing the longstanding relationship between Jamaica and China, as well as discussing mutual areas of concern to strengthen the strategic partnership.  

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Jiechi will also pay a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen.

China is Jamaica’s 4th largest trading partner behind the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Canada.

The Chinese official and his delegation will leave the island on Monday afternoon.