PRESS RELEASE PNCR Leader meets with Ju Lidong, Head of the Latin American Division of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 PNCR Headquarters, Sophia

PNCR Leader, Mr. Robert H. O. Corbin, MP and a Party delegation, met with the Head of the Latin American Division of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Mr. Ju Lidong, at the Headquarters of the Party, Sophia, on the 2nd August, 2008. The Party’s delegation included Chairman of the Party, Mr. Winston Murray, M.P., General Secretary, Oscar Clarke, and Members of the Central Executive Committee and Members of Parliament, Clarissa Riehl and Dr George Norton. Mr. Lidong was accompanied by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Guyana, Mr. Zhang Jungao and Mr. Tang Xiaoquin, Deputy Director of the International Department of the CPC, Second Secretary, Mr. Zhou, and Ms. Shi Dongmei, Interpreter.

Mr. Corbin welcomed Ju Lidong to Guyana and expressed the hope that he would be able during his short visit to experience the beauty of Guyana. In referring to his visit to China in 2005, Mr. Corbin stated that he and his delegation had the opportunity to see the significant economic development in China which has had a beneficial effect on the Global economy. Mr. Corbin assessed that the hosting of the Olympics would be the crowning event in China’s economic rise and underscores the fact that it was now a major economic and political player in international affairs. He was sure that China would successfully host the games.

In responding, Mr. Ju noted that Guyana was the first English- speaking country to recognise the People’s Republic of China and this recognition was an example of courage and vision. It is for this reason that the CPC could not forget the People’s National Congress. The Head of the Latin American Division said that his party believes that the PNCR remains an important force in the politics of Guyana. Turning to China’s external policy Mr. Ju pointed out that it is informed by four principles: independence, complete equality, non-interference, and mutual respect. It is because that China believes in the principle of complete equality it could relate to the PNCR and other parties in the smaller countries of the world. He thanked the PNCR for maintaining a One-China policy.

Affording a glimpse into preparations for the Olympic Games, Mr. Ju revealed that the earthquake in Sichuan represented a major challenge to the Government and people of China as it occurred at the very moment when preparations for the Olympics were ongoing. The Chinese people not only overcame this difficulty but were also able to continue to grow the economy.

Mr. Corbin thanked Mr. Ju for his assessment of China’s external and internal policies. He said that the PNCR had followed the tragic events in Sichuan and had in fact dispatched a letter of condolences to the Government of China, which was acknowledged.

At the end of the meeting both Mr. Ju and Mr. Corbin concluded that the longstanding relations between the CPC and the PNCR are excellent.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008