KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Government of China has committed to providing US$1.1 million to Jamaica’s soldiers under an agreement with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
According to Chief of Defence Staff of the JDF, Major General Antony Anderson, the deal between the two countries signals China’s commitment to continue military aid and partnership exchanges with Jamaica.
“What it will do is to provide logistic support to us and this will enhance our capabilities by providing more resources that we can apply to everything that we do,” he said.
Anderson further explained that the funds represent an “allotment that has been apportioned, and discussions over the next few months with members of the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army will determine how best it will be spent”.
Deputy Chief of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China, Major General Jia Xiaoning, said the aid package was an agreement in principle.
“How to utilize this amount is an issue which we will address later and if we reach consensus on the utilization of this amount, we will sign another protocol to put in practice this agreement,” he said.
Jamaica has enjoyed a long relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which is evident in the PRC’s new investments in Jamaica’s ailing sugar industry, significant funding for road construction and the rebuilding of critical pieces of infrastructure as well as the construction of a national convention centre in Western Jamaica.