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Retiring Chinese diplomat could be made economic envoy for A&B – PM Browne


Prime Minister Gaston Browne has mooted the possibility of appointing the departing Chinese Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Wang Xianmin, as an economic envoy for the twin-island Caribbean state.

The Prime Minister made the comments at a reception dinner held at the Blue Waters Hotel Tuesday night for the Ambassador, celebrating his three years as the diplomatic envoy for the People’s Republic of China in this country.

With various government officials and representatives from the Chinese embassy in attendance, Prime Minister Browne revealed that “if [the Ambassador is] available to serve as an economic envoy for Antigua and Barbuda, kindly let us know. China is replete with economic opportunities and having someone from China who understands the Antigua and Barbuda landscape, I am sure you can be of significant benefit to the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.”

Browne also lauded the Ambassador for his contribution to the country, strengthening the bilateral ties between the People’s Republic of China and Antigua and Barbuda.

“We consider him to be the consummate diplomat, who came [to this country] to share his skills and experience with us to strengthen our bilateral relations,” he said.

Browne added that he considered Ambassador Wang a family friend, reflecting on his son’s affinity for the ambassador.

“In fact, First Lady Maria, Prince and I consider Ambassador Wang and his wife to be a personal friend,” he said, joking that his young son will miss the ambassador for his candy.

Foreign Affairs Minister E. P. “Chet” Greene thanked the Ambassador for his professionalism and commitment to the development of Antigua and Barbuda.

Meanwhile, at the Investiture Ceremony yesterday at Government House, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams praised the ambassador for his diplomatic skills.

“Even in our difficult times, Ambassador Wang has been responsive, as exemplified by the rapid response by the Chinese in our rebuilding efforts in Barbuda after Hurricane Irma,” he stated.

In addition to departing Antigua and Barbuda at the end of his three-year service, Ambassador Wang is also retiring from the Foreign Service of China.