Chi­nese work­ers very dis­ci­plined, says am­bas­sador

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Syranno Baines Gleaner Writer syranno.baines@glean­

WHILE REAF­FIRM­ING China’s anti-colo­nial stance lo­cally, China’s am­bas­sador to Ja­maica, Niu Qing­bao, has stated that the rea­sons why lo­cally op­er­ated Chi­nese com­pa­nies do well is be­cause they are more hard-work­ing and dis­ci­plined, in ad­di­tion to hav­ing ac­cess to more re­sources.

“I would not want to say they (Chi­nese work­ers) are the most dis­ci­plined, but they are very dis­ci­plined. I’m not mak­ing any com­par­isons,” an­swered Qing­bao when asked by jour­nal­ists to clar­ify his state­ment, given ear­lier dur­ing his ad­dress to the Ro­tary Club of St An­drew Weekly Lun­cheon on Tues­day.


The diplo­mat ar­gued that Chi­nese com­pa­nies were here to serve their cus­tomers, which in­cluded govern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate com­pa­nies.

“Con­struc­tion is mainly about in­fra­struc­ture, and I don’t think there’s any dis­agree­ment in this coun­try that the in­fra­struc­ture needs to be im­proved. With­out the Chi­nese com­pa­nies, im­prove­ment of in­fra­struc­ture could take longer. Like Ja­maica, we (China) were also colonised by for­eign pow­ers. We hate colo­nial­ism, and China wants to be loved in­stead of hated. We only try to help. The Chi­nese com­pa­nies can only ac­com­plish with the en­dorse­ment of the Ja­maican Govern­ment,” the diplo­mat rea­soned.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the am­bas­sador stated that the just-com­pleted ac­qui­si­tion of the ALPART Alu­mina Re­fin­ery in Nain, St El­iz­a­beth, by China’s Ji­uquan Iron & Steel Com­pany was an ideal sit­u­a­tion for the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly the job-creation as­pect.

Qing­bao said that the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar in­vest­ment has brought back life to the once-dor­mant com­mu­nity.

“Jobs is the num­ber-one pri­or­ity of the com­mu­nity and the Govern­ment. With this in­vest­ment, some 700 full-time jobs and more than 500 tem­po­rary jobs have been cre­ated, so the pro­ject is a win-win.”


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