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Friday, December 31, 2010

China’s Madame Liu on two-day visit to Antigua

Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:57 Calvin G. Brown

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC - China’s most powerful female politician Madame Liu Yandong is scheduled to arrive here Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and other high-ranking government officials.

She is accompanied by six ministers and vice ministers from the Chinese Government.

The visitors will pay a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack on December 31. This will be followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Spencer and the signing of bilateral agreements which, Ambassador David Shoul said, will relate to the recently announced financing for a new airport terminal, and the donation of several computers to the Ministry of Education.

In the Throne Speech earlier this month Dame Louise reported that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the People’s Republic of China through the Ministry of Tourism have signed off on a preliminary schematic design on the erection of a new airport terminal for Antigua and Barbuda.

“This project will cost approximately US45 million dollars to be funded by the EXIM Bank of the People’s Republic of China. The terms of the arrangement consist of a 30 per cent interest free grant and a 70 per cent concessionary loan at 2% interest with a five-year moratorium. Construction will commence in the first half of 2011,” she said.

Madame Liu Yandong is a native of Nantong Jiangsu and a graduate of Tsinghua University. She is the highest ranking female politician in the Communist Party of China.

1 comment:

  1. Concerned Choiseulian CitizenDecember 31, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Can't Taiwan do the same for us for Hewanorra?

    I believe St. Lucia will regret for kicking China out of here. We would have been so much better of. By now we would have had our National Hospital, a massive Cultural facility in Conway (and I'm sure there would have been a big difference in the crime/murder rate). Poverty reduction and constituency development would have been more profound and orderly. We would have received significant budgetary support plus our recovery from Tomas would have gotten a tremendous boost. Overall, our development infrastructure would have been better.

    But sorry to say, this is not the case because we put a criminal who has a long history of fraud in charge of our foreign affairs portfolio.

    The net result of all this was the death of Sir John and a nosedive in the integrity of our political system.

    Don't we have any pride? I truly feel sorry for Helen!