DR proposes improved relations with China
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Relations Alejandra Liriano de la Cruz has spoken of the Dominican interest in strengthening bilateral relations with mainland China in the first ministerial meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) that opened in Beijing yesterday, Thursday, 8 January 2015. Liriano said that improving relations with Asia is a way of encouraging sustainable and integral development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She said the meeting was a circumstantial opportunity to refocus bilateral relations with the Dominican Republic at a time when President Danilo Medina is about to re-launch the country’s foreign policy next week. Medina recently appointed a new Foreign Minister Andres Navarro, who replaces the late Carlos Morales Troncoso who held the post for more than a decade.
During her speech, Liriano highlighted the DR’s strategic geographic location at the center of the Caribbean and its good port and air connections that provide direct links to the Americas and the rest of the world. She also pointed out the natural resources in manufacturing, agribusiness, services and tourism.
She described the Forum of China and CELAC meeting as positive initiatives that provided a platform for achieving cooperation to promote integrated, social and sustainable development of the peoples of China and Latin America. Also it is a forum for discussing challenges to global growth in the sciences, technology, education, culture, tourism and sports.
“The Dominican Republic confirms its commitment to continue to back the convergence process of our region through regional, sub-regional, bilateral and triangular development cooperation programs,” she stated.
The two-day meeting is also being attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie.
CELAC groups 33 countries. During Xi Jinping’s visit to Latin America in July 2014, the establishment of the cooperation forum was announced and it was agreed that a first ministerial meeting would be held at an early date.
Source: DR1, Eldia
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