A few hours after President Luis Abinader reported that he spoke with the President of China Xi Jinping and thanked him for allowing the shipment of vaccines against Covid-19, the United States issued an extensive list of the aid it has made to the Dominican Republic during the pandemic.
“I just spoke with the President of #China, Xi Jinping, about the bilateral relations of our countries. I especially thanked him for allowing the export of the vaccines to the DR. Also, we are talking about increasing trade and exports from the DR ”, wrote President Abinader at 10:30 in the morning on his Twitter account.
In that conversation, President Xi Jinping expressed that China is ready to work with the Dominican Republic, to steer their relationship towards further development and continually raise it to higher levels.
The statements offered by the Chinese embassy in the country through the social network Twitter, assure that the statements of the president of the “Asian Giant” occurred in the telephone conversation with President Abinader,
Noting that since the two countries established diplomatic ties, the Dominican Republic has firmly adhered to the one-China policy and has made relations with China a priority of its foreign policy, Xi said China highly appreciates this.
“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the two countries were united and supported each other,” Xi said, adding that China will continue to provide as much support as it can to the Dominican Republic’s fight against the coronavirus. “China is confident that under Abinader’s leadership, the Dominican Republic will defeat the pandemic soon,” Xi said.
Noting that the Communist Party of China (CCP) will soon celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding, Xi stressed that putting people first is the fundamental political principle of that organization, which is highly consistent with the governance philosophy of “a Government for the People ”defended by the Dominican Republic.
“China stands ready to work with the Dominican Republic to strengthen exchanges on governance philosophies, deepen mutual political trust, and promote common development,” Xi said.
“This year marks the first year of China’s XIV Five-Year Plan,” Xi said, adding that China is expanding its openness to a higher level, and that this will create more opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
He added that China welcomes imports of agricultural products with peculiarities from the Dominican Republic, and supports Chinese companies to invest and start businesses in the Dominican Republic.
Xi also expressed the hope that the Dominican Republic will play a positive role in promoting relations between China and the Caribbean and Central American countries, as well as overall cooperation between China and Latin America.
Official information from the embassy assures that Abinader offered sincere congratulations to the CCP on its impending centennial. He said his country is sincerely grateful for the medical supplies and vaccines provided by China, which have played a key role in the country’s fight against Covid-19.
He added that the Dominican Republic firmly adheres to the one-China policy and is ready to strengthen exchanges with China and to expand bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and other areas.
China has sent six batches to the country with five million 8 thousand doses of Sinovac vaccines, bought by the Dominican government, and 50 thousand Sinopharm vaccines donated by the Chinese government along with their syringes.
They have also donated 120 ventilators, 26,000 nucleic acid tests, 1.2 million masks and 11,000 protective clothing, among other supplies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Relations with China cooled after Abinader’s inauguration on August 16 last year, when there was an obvious rapprochement with the United States, which seems to be changing in recent months.
The Dominican Republic and China established relations on March 1, 2018, during the government of Danilo Medina, which implied a break with Taiwan, an ally of the United States, which rejected the decision because it did not contribute to regional stability.
On March 22, 2019, President Donald Trump invited President Medina and other leaders of the area to a meeting in Florida, where the subject and others of American interest were discussed.