The Chinese Embassy in Jamaica is dismissing as groundless, claims that investment from the Asian nation is linked to corruption and poor governance.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, yesterday warned Caribbean nations against accepting what he calls ‘easy money’ from China, that could feed corruption and undermine the rule of law.
He was delivering remarks on US-Caribbean Relations at a Policy Discussion at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
But in a statement, the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, says it’s dissatisfied at the groundless accusation against its cooperation with Latin America and Caribbean countries.
It says it notes that US politicians continue to attack China, tarnishing the Asian nation’s reputation, and sowing discords.
It says China has been cooperating with Latin America and the Caribbean on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
And it says such cooperation has been open and transparent, in compliance with local laws and market rules.
According to the Chinese Embassy, Latin America and Caribbean nations are sovereign states which have the right to determine their own foreign relations including choosing their trade and investment partners.
It says other nations are in no position to impose, interfere or coerce out of ulterior motives.
The Chinese say they will continue to cooperate with Jamaica and other Latin American and Caribbean nations to jointly promote the Belt and Road cooperation for shared benefits and common prosperity.