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Xi Jinping Speaks with Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley on the Phone

On the evening of July 13, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Barbados is China's good friend and good partner in the eastern Caribbean. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Barbados 44 years ago, the two countries have witnessed constant high-level exchanges and fruitful cooperation. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China and Barbados have pulled together and jointly overcome the difficulties. As the pandemic continues to spread around the world, we are duty-bound to help our friends in need. China will continue to strengthen cooperation with Barbados in such areas as vaccines and medical treatment to help Barbados overcome the pandemic at an early date.

Xi Jinping stressed that both China and Barbados adhere to putting the people first. China is ready to strengthen exchanges of experience in national governance with Barbados, expand practical cooperation in infrastructure and other areas and push China-Barbados relations to a new level. China is ready to continue to provide assistance within its capacity for Barbados's economic and social development. The two sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs to safeguard the common interests of developing countries. The Belt and Road Initiative has created a lot of opportunities for common development. China is ready to work with Barbados and other Caribbean countries to promote the joint construction of the Belt and Road. He hopes that Barbados will make positive contributions to the cooperation between China and the Caribbean Community and the development of China-Latin America relations.

Mottley expressed her sincere congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). She said, under the foresight and strong leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping, China has successfully achieved the first centenary goal and lifted itself out of absolute poverty. She believes and wishes that under the leadership of the CPC, China will make even greater achievements on its new journey to achieve the second centenary goal. Barbados is glad to have such a friend as China and is willing to strengthen bilateral pragmatic cooperation and multilateral communication and coordination with China, jointly build the Belt and Road and push for greater development of Barbados-China relations and Latin America-China relations. She thanked China for its valuable assistance in Barbados's fight against COVID-19. Barbados opposes politicizing the issue of the origin tracing of the virus, appreciates China for its positive contributions to promoting the equitable distribution of vaccines among developing countries, and hopes to strengthen vaccine cooperation with China.

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