Chinese Premier concerned about saftey of Chinese nationals in Jamaica

The Chinese government has raised concern about the treatment of its nationals and interests in Jamaica.

Li Keqiang , China’s Premier has urged the government to do more to protect its citizens and interests in Jamaica.

His comments came during in an hour-long meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday.

The Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said the Premier raised the issue of the safety of its nationals and business interests during a meeting with his Jamaican counterpart.

Li said he hoped the Jamaican government would implement more favorable policies and take effective measures to protect the safety and legal interests of Chinese citizens and companies.

In recent weeks Chinese businessmen have complained that they are being targeted by robbers and extortionists.

    

However there are reports that rogue police officers are also involved in attacks on the Chinese community.

The Police High command has suggested that the Chinese are targeted because they tend to travel with large amounts of cash rather than using the formal banking system.

Premier Li's statement urging the Simpson Miller led administration to take effective measures to protect the legal interests of Chinese companies in Jamaica, is an obvious reference to the challenges being faced by China Harbour and the Pan Caribbean Sugar Company.

China Harbour and Pan Caribbean represent part of China's significant investment in Jamaica.

Projects being implemented by China Harbour have been severely disrupted by industrial unrest and allegations of wrong doing, while operations at Pan Caribbean's sugar factories have also been disrupted by workers who claimed they were unfairly dismissed. 

     

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's trip to China, which includes a business delegation is in part to seek additional Chinese investment in the island. 

Despite the concern Premier Li said Jamaica is a friendly and important partner of China in the Caribbean.

Both countries have also pledged to enhance cooperation in all areas including trade, agriculture, infrastructure construction and environmental protection.

Premier Li promised to strengthen dialogue, exchanges and cooperation with small island countries including Jamaica on climate change and environmental protection.

Simpson Miller said Jamaica will work with China to cope with global challenges such as the climate change, and promote the development of Jamaica-China relations and Caribbean-China relations. 

 


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