Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas-China relationship is here to stay says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Henfield after the two countries this weekend celebrated 20 years of diplomatic relations. The Minister used the occasion at the British Colonial Hilton on Friday at the British Colonial Hilton cite some of the greater accomplishments including the construction of the Airport Corridor, the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, The Pointe resort and the FNM Minister even touted the one of the region’s largest resort developments, Baha Mar on Cable Beach.
Minister Henfield said buttress for local coastlines against the ravages of sea-level rise, and the port developments in Grand Bahama and Abaco, along with the renewable energy endeavours are also from the Sino-Bahamian link.
The Minister pointed out that the international relationship has introduced The Bahamas to the appointments of eight Chinese Ambassadors to The Bahamas and three Bahamian Ambassadors to China, as “the immediate and official link between our two Governments… to facilitate the communication, planning and implementation needed to realize our common aims and goals.”
‘’’Bahamians also enjoy the mutual support for international candidacies, visa-free travel to China, natural disaster relief assistance, as well as the dialogues engendered and arrangements agreed at the national, regional and hemispheric levels. In the end, and despite whispering of concerns about the closeness of The Bahamas and China, the Minister flatly shared this, “China has proven to be a good friend and development partner to the people of The Bahamas. To this end, my Government will do its utmost to maintain and promote Sino-Bahamian relations through on-going dialogue between our capitals, and our business and cultural communities, for the benefit of both our nations and our peoples.”