Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Prime Minister Perry Christie (right) welcomes the new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Bahamas, Yuan Guisen, during a courtesy call December 6, 2013. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)
The Bahamas is looking forward to strengthening its relationship with the People’s Republic of China across a wide-range including trade, technical exchange, education and tourism, according to Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes.
He made the comments as he accepted Letters of Credence from Yuan Guisen, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Bahamas, during a ceremony at Government House December 5, 2013.
Yuan replaces Ambassador Hu Shan, who left the country November 9, 2013.
The Bahamas and China established diplomatic relations16 years ago and have engaged in a number of technical and cultural agreements beneficial to both countries.
“People from China have come to The Bahamas, witnessed first-hand and contributed to the development of our country for many decades,” Sir Arthur said.
Noting that China’s progress and contribution to the global community is remarkable, he said that China has developed with great rapidity and has shared with other developing countries its experience, knowledge and resources to assist in their development.
“Although The Bahamas and China are separated by great distance and cultural differences, the bond between our countries has continued to strengthen since diplomatic relations was established. Together we have built a relationship based on good will, mutual trust and respect, which continues to be displayed in the sphere of international relations, as well as through bilateral cooperation,” Sir Arthur said.
He added: “During your tenure, we look forward to a strengthening of our relationship across an ever-broadening range including trade, technical exchange, education and tourism.”
Ambassador Yuan, 58, has been a career diplomat for over 30 years. He served in European-Central Asian countries and in the Republic of Ecuador.
He pledged to exert his efforts to further develop the friendly relations and cooperation between both countries.
The new Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Perry Christie December 6, 2013.
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes (left), accepts Letters of Credence presented by Ambassador Yuan Guisen during a ceremony at Government House December 5, 2013. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)
Pictured: (from left) Madam Yang Hong; Ambassador Yuan Guisen; Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Lady Foulkes. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)