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China, Jamaica strengthen ties

Christopher Serju, Star Writer

Dong Xiaojun, Ambas-sador of the People's Republic of China, last Thursday highlighted the strengthening of bilateral trade between the countries, which he said is growing at a fast pace.

The Chinese ambassador, who was speaking ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a Chinese garden at Hope Gardens, St Andrew, noted that in 2012 Jamaica became China's top trading partner in the Caribbean, with China in 2009 becoming Jamaica's fourth largest source of imports and the its ninth largest export destination.

Cooperation in investment has also been moving forward rapidly according to Xiaojun, pointing to the purchase of three sugar factories by China Complant Import & Export Corporation and the investment of US$730 million in the North-South Highway Project by China Harbour Engineering Company.

Pointing to further progress in other areas, he noted that it was under the Chinese Government Concessional Loan and Preferential Export Buyer's Credit Loan, that projects such as the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Palisadoes Shoreline Protection Rehabilitation Works and the Trelawny multi-purpose complex project were completed.

"Human resource development has become a highlight in our co-operation," Xiaojun told the ceremony, disclosing that last year 111 Jamaican government officials and professionals received training or attended workshops in China.

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