I am pleased to participate in this virtual celebration of China’s National Day. I regret that circumstances do not permit us to meet physically to commemorate this auspicious event. But this should in no way detract from the significance of this anniversary.
On behalf of the Government and people of Guyana, and on my own behalf, I extend congratulations to His Excellency President Xi Jinping, and to his country’s Government and people, on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The establishment of the People’s Republic of China has both allowed for progress and prosperity. China’s advances have been phenomenal. It has emerged as a major global economic power. The economic, scientific and technological successes, particularly over the past three decades, have been impressive.
In the next two years, Guyana and China will be commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations. These relations have been manifested through cooperation which has been mutually beneficial to our two countries. I look forward to celebrating that milestone to the relations between our two states.
Guyana and the People’s Republic of China have enjoyed excellent economic, political and social relations over the last 48 years. Guyana’s friendship with the People’s Republic of China remains intact.
Economic cooperation between Guyana and China has delivered tangible benefits to our people. China’s contributions to the transformation of Guyana’s physical infrastructure are evident.
China’s support for teacher-training and its offer of scholarships for our students are helping to develop our human resources. Health professionals from China are working in our public health system. Chinese companies are generating wealth and providing goods and services to our people, including in the areas of natural resources, commercial and construction sectors.
My government looks forward to strengthening its relations with the People’s Republic of China. We have never been opposed to Chinese foreign direct investment. We assure Chinese nationals, living in Guyana, of our respect and regard.
Today, we are celebrating the 71st anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. This occasion provides us with the opportunity to re-examine how best our two states can continue to cooperate and collaborate at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
Against the backdrop of this promise of enhanced relations, I am pleased therefore to congratulate His Excellency Xi Jinping on the occasion of China’s National Day, and to reaffirm the deepening and strengthening of its relations with the People’s Republic China in the years ahead.
I thank you.