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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica

On the morning of November 8, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica, who was in China for an official visit.

Li Keqiang expressed, Jamaica is an important cooperation partner of China in the Caribbean region. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 47 years ago, the two sides have always respected each other on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, thus ensuring sustained, sound and stable development of bilateral relations. During Mr. Prime Minister's visit to China, President Xi Jinping met with you, elevating bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership. It is hoped that the two sides will work together to promote more fruitful results in bilateral relations and better benefit the two peoples.

Li Keqiang pointed out, China-Jamaica practical cooperation has great potential and broad prospects. It is hoped that the two sides will follow the concept of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits to seek greater synergy of development strategies. The Chinese side is willing to continue to support Chinese enterprises in carrying out cooperation in such areas as infrastructure, tourism, agriculture and aquatic product in accordance with market principles and business rules with the Jamaican side for mutual benefit and win-win results. The Chinese side is ready to import more quality Jamaican products that meet market demand, and strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in such fields as tourism, education, sports and personnel training. China also stands ready to strengthen cooperation with the Jamaican side in addressing climate change and continue to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Andrew Holness said, this is my first visit to China, and I marvel at China's outstanding development achievements. Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean region to establish diplomatic relations with China and the two countries share a robust relationship. The Jamaican side is willing to actively participate in the Belt and Road cooperation, strengthen cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, infrastructure, health, education, personnel training and tourism, enhance communication and coordination in international affairs such as climate change, and constantly elevate bilateral relations to new highs.

After the talks, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Andrew Holness witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation agreements in areas including the Belt and Road Initiative, economy and trade and human resources development.

Prior to the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcome ceremony for Andrew Holness at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Bater, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee and Director of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng and others were present at relevant activities.

On that morning, Andrew Holness went to the Tian'anmen Square to lay a wreath to the Monument to the People's Heroes.

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