PM postpones China visit
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s visit to China this month has been postponed to next year.
Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday confirmed this to the Express.
Persad-Bissessar was scheduled to visit China this month on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited this country last June.
The Prime Minister, on her visit, was supposed to open a diplomatic mission in Beijing.
However, the visit was postponed due to the Prime Minister’s packed agenda, in addition to the recent local government elections and St Joseph by-election.
Sources told the Express that work continues apace in China to have the mission set up and Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to India, Chandradath Singh, was tipped as the ideal person to head the Chinese mission.
Persad-Bissessar, in June, during the visit of President Xi, said Government was also considering the establishment of a Trinidad and Tobago cultural institute, which will be attached to the Diplomatic Mission in Beijing.
She said the centre would promote this country’s creative industries through cultural exchanges, training seminars and cultural exhibitions in China and could also feature highly in Trinidad and Tobago’s public diplomacy initiatives in Asia.
Persad-Bissessar was also scheduled to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka last week, but Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran and permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Reynold Cooper attended and represented Trinidad and Tobago.