ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday December 31, 2010 – The highest-ranking female politician in China is in Antigua and Barbuda for talks with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and his government, during her only Caribbean stop of a four-nation tour.
State Councilor Madame Liu Yangdong arrived late yesterday evening with a high-level delegation that includes six ministers and vice-ministers.
During her two-day visit which coincides with the 28th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and the People’s Republic of China, Madame Liu, along with the Deputy Secretary General of the State Council, the Vice-Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Education, Science and Technology, and Finance and the Deputy Director General of the Research Office of the State Council will hold official talks with Prime Minister Spencer and his Cabinet.
The highlight of the visit will be the signing of economic and technical cooperation agreements for the construction of a new airport terminal at a cost of US$45 million, the construction of a secondary school, donation of laptop computers, and strengthening of bilateral, scientific and technological ties.
During her time in Antigua, Madame Liu will also make a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack and meet with the Chinese community here.
Madame Liu is the only woman with a seat on the Politburo, a group of 24 people who oversee the Communist Party of China.
After leaving Antigua and Barbuda, she and her high-level delegation will visit Chile, Ecuador and Colombia.
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