China Hands Over $1.1 Million Community Centre in Barbuda

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - January 20, 2012

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Chinese government has handed over a $1.1 million community centre to Antigua, following a ceremony yesterday.

Antiguan Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said the relationship between the two countries was at its highest level in their 28-year history of diplomatic ties.

The new centre is located on Barbuda.

“The completion of work on this modern and well-equipped community centre located here in Codrington signifies that my administration is not simply talking about the oneness of Barbuda and Antigua but is demonstrating that we are serious about the development of both Barbuda and Antigua,” Spencer said.

“Over the years, we have seen China’s opening-up policy and its subsequent economic growth significantly impacting positively on economic and social development of Antigua and Barbuda and developing countries around the world,” he said.

On a separate note, Spencer said what he described as “attacks on the relationship” between China and Antigua in some quarters of the opposition and the media were “unpatriotic and dangerous.”

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