On Tuesday night, Sept. 30, the Chinese community and members of the China-St. Lucia Friendship Association, along with the diplomatic corps, met at the Jade Terrace in Gros Islet to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China.
Addressing the small gathering, manager of Chinese properties in St. Lucia Diao Ming, spoke about some of the achievements of the Chinese government.
He said: “Since we opened to reform 35 years ago, great changes have been taking place in China. China has become the second leading economy in the world. In 2013 our foreign trade passed $4 trillion US, trading with over 120 countries, imports bill was $2 trillion US, we have 100 companies on the Fortune 500 – a record to date; last year alone we had 100 million outbound tourists spending over USD$102 million.”
Ming added: “While we produce seven million university graduates every year, China is not without problems. From our 1.3 billion population, according to world standards, we have over 100 million living below the poverty line. We have a long way to go, but the government has set two major goals (1) The revitalisation on the Chinese nations into a more prosperous society (2) Make China a more cultural and democratic country by the middle of this century.”
Present at the reception were Ambassador to Cuba Lydia Gonzalez Navarro, Venezuelan Ambassador Liubliana Escalona Barrueta, Mexican Ambassador Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, and Earl Bousquet, president of the China-St.Lucia Frendship Association.