The Government of Guyana has hailed Guyana’s relations with China and its commitment to the One China policy as the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 72nd anniversary.
In a statement, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hugh Todd applauded the strides made by the Chinese government and the people of China over the years.
Foreign Minister Todd said Guyana cherishes its longstanding, vibrant and mutually beneficial friendship with China. He also noted that Guyana’s relations with China is anchored in shared principles of sovereignty, respect for territorial integrity and internal affairs.
“Guyana also remains committed to the “One China Policy” as we continue to undertake every effort, to further strengthen and enhance our bilateral relationship and practical cooperation between our two countries,” the Foreign Minister said in his message.
Earlier this year, Guyana was rebuked by China after the United States embassy in Georgetown announced that Taiwan will be setting up a trade office in Guyana.
Guyana abruptly terminated the agreement with Taiwan to open the office here hours after China urged Guyana to “correct their mistake,”. The Guyana government has remained tightlipped on the agreement that was signed with Taiwan and who granted authorization for it to be signed.
Guyana has always respected and maintained the One China policy.
Taiwan is considered a runaway province.
The Foreign Minister today said the Guyana-China relations remain strong, adding that even under extraordinary circumstances faced by the global community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, China has shown leadership and assisted many countries including Guyana.
He said “the Government of Guyana applauds the leadership role taken by the People’s Republic of China, especially in the area of public health, and in improving tangible assistance that has been crucial to combating the disease in Guyana.”