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Kamla opens TT Embassy in China

By SASHA HARRINANAN in Beijing, China Thursday, February 27 2014

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OPENED: Prime Minister Kamal Persad-Bissessar cuts the ribbon to formally open the TT Embassy in Beijing, China yesterday. Also in photo are from left...
OPENED: Prime Minister Kamal Persad-Bissessar cuts the ribbon to formally open the TT Embassy in Beijing, China yesterday. Also in photo are from left...

THE establishment of Trinidad and Tobago’s very first Embassy in China has been hailed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as, “a very momentous occasion (because) it represents a very clear demonstration, on the part of both Governments, to not only consolidate but also to advance our already good relationships.”

Addressing a gathering of diplomats and citizens from both countries during the formal opening of the TT Embassy in Beijing yesterday, the PM expressed delight that what began as a topic of conversation between herself and China’s President Xi Jinping, during his official visit to TT last June, has culminated in what she described as this country’s “enlarged footprint in China.”

Noting that relations between both countries date back to 1806, when the first Chinese immigrants journeyed to TT, Persad-Bissessar said having an Embassy in the capital city, will allow for the advancement of key initiatives in trade, tourism, training and culture among other areas.

She also spoke of the significance of opening in 2014, “as this is the year we celebrate our 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations, there can be no better time for renewed vigor in moving forward as friends.”

Describing China as a “reliable and trusted partner,” the PM declared the establishment of TT’s embassy in Beijing to be “symbolic of a shared determination to increase our bi-lateral relations.”

“We take great pride in taking our friendship to an even higher level of cooperation...For us in the west, we see you as a star rising in the east, and we are very happy to join hands with you in partnership, so that we too can rise as China rises,” Persad-Bissessar stated.

Later that same afternoon, the PM was awarded a professorship by officials

from China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing.

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