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SURINAME | China lashes back at Pompeo's criticisms

China's Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname Quan Liu. China's Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname Quan Liu.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, September 18, 2020 -  China has lashed back at the United States condemning statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who has been highly critical of Beijing’s investments in Latin America and the Caribbean as he spoke in Paramaribo Suriname on Thursday.

Pompeo who visited Suriname at the start of a visit to four countries which has borders with Venezuela, including Guyana, Colombia and Brazil, told a news conference here on Thursday that not everything is rosy when it comes to Beijing's investments in the region.

“We do our utmost wherever I go to make sure everyone understands what they are getting into,” said Pompeo, adding that Washington is not against Chinese competition”.

China's ambassador to Suriname, Quan Liu, in rejecting Pompeo’s, “provocative” statements, said “under the pretext of "democracy", "freedom" and "human rights", Pompeo levelled groundless accusations and attacks against China, maliciously instigated China’s relations with other countries,” Liu wrote on his Facebook page.

“As is evident, China and Suriname are good friends and good partners with mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. Our relations has set a good example among countries having different political systems, different cultures and geographical sizes,” he said.  

“Our relations are a good example of countries with different political systems, different cultures and geographic sizes. Over the years, close cooperation in various areas has yielded fruitful results for the betterment of our two peoples. China adheres to the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation in developing relationships with Latin American countries, including Suriname,” the Chinese diplomat wrote.

He said that Beijing has always required Chinese companies to comply with local laws and regulations and conduct business in an open, fair and transparent manner.

“We are convinced that Surinamese citizens from all walks of life will make their own right judgment. Any attempt to sow disagreement between China and Suriname is doomed to fail, the Chinese Ambassador said.

Liu concluded by recommending that  “Mr Pompeo respect facts and truth, to move away from arrogance and prejudice, stop defamation and spread rumours about China.”

  • Countries: Suriname