PM Weighs In On China/US Row Over Jamaica’s Relationship with Beijing


Prime Minister Andrew Holness has commented for the first time in the public domain about recent concerns from the United States about Jamaica’s relationship with China.

Prime Minister Holness says the Government of Jamaica is not afraid to say that it’s committed to pursuing a trade policy based on multilateralism.

Prime Minister Holness says he’s committed to securing Jamaica’s economic interests.

Prime Minister Holness was responding in the House of Representatives last night to a request by Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips to comment on the increasing friction between China and the United States about Jamaica’s relationship with China.

Dr. Phillips noted that US Ambassador to Kingston Donald Tapia and a foreign US Government official have recently expressed concern about the amount of Chinese investment in Jamaica.

Dr. Phillips also told Parliament that Jamaica should maintain it’s sense on independence in the global space.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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