Chinese embassy opens today

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The People’s Republic of China is opening its purpose-built embassy in Antigua and Barbuda today as a symbol of the strong ties that currently exist between both countries.

Senior government officials including Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Affairs Minister E. P. Chet Greene are slated to address the opening ceremony.

The embassy is located at an area designated as Embassy Row by the government where it hopes to encourage other foreign governments to establish their embassies and consulates.

Prime Minister Browne said the five acres of land upon which the embassy was built was sold to the Chinese at the symbolic rate of EC$1.

The compound will house the embassy’s administrative offices and accommodations for the resident ambassador and other embassy staff.

The PRC’s ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Her Excellency Zhang Yanling, will also address the ceremony, which will feature cultural performances and artists from Antigua and Barbuda and China.

The Antigua and Barbuda government has recognised the PRC as its most important developmental partner based on the magnitude of their support over several decades.

The two countries established diplomatic relations back in 1983.

The government says it remains committed to the “One China” policy which embraces principles of equality, equal benefit and respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The People’s Republic of China has offered concessionary loans to Antigua and Barbuda under which several key infrastructural projects have been completed.

These include the new terminal building at the V. C. Bird International Airport, the redeveloped St. John’s Harbour, the Multi-Purpose Cultural Centre and the Bridge at
Big Creek.

In the health sector, the government of China has donated two polyclinics to the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.

They are located at Glanvilles and Villa.

In the fight against COVID-19, China also donated US$100,000.00 to the health sector.

The PRC is on the verge of launching a new housing development in the Point.

It is expected that after this project is completed, similar projects will be constructed in
other communities where there is limited land available for the construction of
single-family homes.

SOURCE: Pointe Xpress

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Going to pay respect to a Chinese military barracks built on five acres of the peoples’ land by slave labor IMO amounts to hypocrisy of the highest order.
    We, the people, are NOT committed to a one China policy, neither are we committed to people who absolutely despise the black race and have been documented as killing blacks who have dared to socialize with Chinese. That is called real racism at its worst. How disrespectful and presumptuous it was for a Chinese diplomat to go on ABS TV and spew her disrespectful nonsense about China owning Taiwan after an American politician visited that country…USA, the same country that feeds Antigua.
    It is highly unlikely that any of the tourists coming to Antigua and Barbuda would be supporting the one China communist policy either. When Hong Kong was British it was a free, upbeat and very successful country and now it is a suppressed/oppressed and eliminate anyone who speaks out against them failure the likes of which China wants to create in Taiwan.
    China does not donate or grant anything…there is always a payback and their projects here are substandard loan traps.
    That barracks under the guise of being called an embassy is not an asset to Antigua and there can be no doubt that it will end up being the control center when the Chinese move forward with their take over and completely destroy Antigua for their own ends policy.
    China is a glaring threat to Antigua, the environment, marine life and our survival as a free nation. WAKE UP ANTIGUA.

  2. 5 Acres of the lands that belong to the PEOPLE.What do those Chinese have on Gaston Browne.He gave them 5 Acres of arable lands for EC$1. While freaking Nationals and Residences have to go to beg their Minister of Cabinet to purchased a piece of land. January 18,2023 is D-DAY from Gaston Browne and his band of Merry-Men.

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