Chinese President Xi Jinping and Guyanese President Dr Mohammed Irfaan Ali had their first official phone call today.
The phone call comes just over a month after China expressed its dissatisfaction over the opening of a Taiwanese Trade Office in Guyana.
The office closed soon after it was announced.
Chinese state run Xinhua News Agency reported that Xi said that both countries should use their fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations to push for more cooperation and greater bi-lateral relations.
The report said Xi suggested that the two countries earnestly respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns, promote the Belt and Road cooperation, and expand win-win collaboration in such areas as energy and infrastructure.
Xi noted that both countries are standing at an important stage of development and China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with Guyana to successfully combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) through vaccines and other assistance.
Ali said the friendship between Guyana and China is strong and solid.
“The Guyanese side firmly adheres to the one-China principle, regarding China as the most important partner in Guyana’s national development process, and is committed to strengthening the relations between the two parties and the two countries with China,” Ali said in a statement published on the Chinese government’s website.
“The Guyanese side hopes to actively jointly build the “Belt and Road” with China and strengthen cooperation in infrastructure and other fields. I believe that relations between Guyana and China will get better and better. Guyana supports and is willing to actively promote the development of CARICOM relations with China.”
Xi also had a phone call with Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today.