PARAMARIBO, Suriname – The relationship between Suriname and China is an excellent example of South-South cooperation, China’s Ambassador to Suriname Han Jing and President Chandrikapersad Santokhi declared on Wednesday.
Speaking during a reception to mark the 73rd anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, President Santokhi expressed appreciation for the assistance China has provided to his country through various projects and initiatives.
“Our countries consistently respect and support each other in an effective form of South-South cooperation. China provides technical assistance to Suriname through various projects and initiatives,” he said, referring to the many donations, including medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic and support in tackling flooding.
Suriname and China have maintained close bilateral relations since Suriname’s independence in 1975. Between 2010 to 2020, China was Suriname’s most important development partner.
Several loans from China have been used to improve the country’s infrastructure and establish social housing projects.
More recently, the East Asian nation donated a complete hospital commissioned at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and became the main hospital for infected patients.
Ambassador Han said the relationship between the two countries was a prime example of peaceful cooperation between China and other states, regardless of their size and social or political systems.
President Santokhi hoped that Suriname would receive support from China in the Caribbean Community nation’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Asked whether Suriname could count on that, the Chinese Ambassador said: “You know that from the beginning, China has supported the negotiations of the Surinamese government with the IMF. We have noticed the Surinamese government’s concern and fully understand it. China will, as always, support smooth negotiations.”