Grenada staying with China

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, July 25, 2008 – Just over two weeks after taking over the reins of the Grenada government, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has said he will maintain the country’s diplomatic relationship with China.

He told Chinese Special Envoy, Zhao Zhenyu, who this week made his first courtesy call on Thomas since the new administration took up office after the July 8 elections, that he would adhere to the One-China policy.

Mr Thomas said that he was grateful for Beijing’s support to the Caribbean country and looked forward to the continued assistance.

In response, Ambassador Zhenyu said China was committed to strengthening relations with Grenada and recommitted its cooperation in various areas, including health, Housing and education among others.
The Chinese official also paid a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Minister Peter David and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Mitchell.

During his visit with Ambassador Zhenyu, Dr Mitchell urged China to continue the projects it had started under his New National Party (NNP) administration – the construction of a National Stadium as well as a housing programme for the country.

“These projects are extremely important for our people,” he said.

Mr Mitchell was swept out of government after Mr Thomas’ National Democratic Congress (NDC) won 11 of the 15 seats at stake in the elections earlier this month.