JO - China grants Suriname US$2.5 million for civil construction projects
China grants Suriname US$2.5 million for civil construction projects
Friday, December 30, 2005
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) - China's ambassador to Suriname has signed an agreement worth US$2.5 million (euro2.1 million) for civil construction projects in this South American country.
Ambassador Chen Jinghua said the donation was proof of China's long-standing friendship and commitment to the region. Officials said the funding and project allocations had not yet been decided.
"This shows that China is committed to helping their friends in this part of the world," Chen said Tuesday during the signing.
The grant is the latest in a series from China, including a US$10-million (euro8.4 million) donation to Suriname's foreign ministry for the construction of a new building. Chen said that Suriname is a strong ally in China's claim on Taiwan, in the so-called One China policy.
China and Taiwan have used dollar diplomacy for decades to win over Caribbean nations. Although democratic Taiwan is self-governing, communist Beijing insists the island that broke away amid civil war in 1949 still is part of China.
China also provides training for Suriname's military and regularly donates money and equipment to Suriname's military.
In return, state-owned Chinese companies receive contracts for various civil works in Suriname. These companies carry out the projects with Chinese contract labourers.