The Trinidad and Tobago delegation led by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley arrived in Beijing China today around 4:30 am local time after a two-hour layover in New York followed by a 14-hour flight from JFK International to the Beijing Capital International Airport.
The Office of the Prime Minister says Prime Minister Rowley then went on to lay a wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes in commemoration of those who lost their lives during the establishment of the Communist State.
Following an official welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the first official meeting took place between Prime Minister Rowley and H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
Both leaders lauded their long-standing relationship and reiterated their commitment to deepen ties.
Later on in the day the two nations engaged in a signing ceremony at which the following four memoranda of understanding were signed:
1. Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the Framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative
2. Memorandum of Understanding between the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Medicine and Health
3. Memorandum of Understanding on Human Resource Development Cooperation between the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Public Administration and Commemoration of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
4. Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
This was followed by a State banquet held in honour of Prime Minister Rowley also at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.