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Bahamas Congratulates China on New President


Nov 20, 2012 - 1:02:16 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Commonwealth of the Bahamas looks forward to continue working with the People’s Republic of China in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation for the betterment of both countries, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell.

He was responding to the election of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held November 8 – 14, 2012 in Beijing.

Mr. Mitchell also congratulated the new president of the People’s Republic of China.

At the Congress the new Standing Committee of the Political Bureau with Xi Jinping as the Secretary General, the new Political Bureau Committee, Central Committee and Commission for Discipline Inspection were elected, proposed amendments to the CPC Constitution were reviewed and adopted and the work report of the Central Commission for Discipline was approved.

The Bahamas and China formed diplomatic ties 15 years ago on May 23, 1997.

His Excellency Hu Shan, Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas underscored the importance of the recent elections and its implications for China relations with The Bahamas, the Caribbean and the World.

“The 18th CPC National Congress was a meeting of great significance and far-reaching impact,” the ambassador said during a press briefing at the Chinese Embassy on Monday, November 19, 2012.

“The work report delivered by Hu Jintao on behalf of the 17th CPC National Congress, affirmed the achievements of socialism with Chinese characteristics over the past decade projected a grand blueprint for China’s future development, declared to people within and without the party and people from domestic and abroad a series of important theoretical and practical questions concerning the overall work of the Party and China,” he said.

The Congress set the goals to ensure the fulfilment of building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and deepening of reform and opening up by 2020.

The Congress also pledged to work to build a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity “and are ready to work with the people of other countries to unremittingly promote the noble cause of peace and development for mankind,” the ambassador said.

Since diplomatic relations between The Bahamas and China, a number of initiatives have come on stream, such as the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, the Baha Mar project, the gateway project, agricultural and technical assistance and academic scholarships for Bahamians to study in China.