China is not trying to compete with any other country in its relief efforts to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, embassy spokesman Haigang Yin said yesterday.
On Saturday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said the United States cannot allow China to exploit the recovery and rebuilding of The Bahamas after Dorian for its own nefarious purposes and gain “a foothold just 50 miles from the coast of Florida”.
Yin noted that the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas did not wish to make a “direct comment”.
However, he added, “China is here to develop friendly relations with The Bahamas.
“As always, we have no intention to compete with any other country in this regard.”
In his op-ed in the Miami Herald, Senator Rubio explained, “…The level of destruction that Dorian caused is unprecedented, and Americans, as regional partners and global leaders, have both moral and national security imperatives to lend our logistical resources to help the Bahamas and defend our own hemisphere from China’s encroachment.”
“Together, the U.S. and the Bahamas will rebuild those communities left reeling in the hurricane’s wake, and, as a result, we will only strengthen our mutual interests and long-standing relationship.”
The Bahamas maintains good relationships with both the U.S. and China and hosts embassies for both countries.
China assisted the Christie administration with the completion of the Baha Mar resort. It also granted The Bahamas the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium which is used for international and national sporting events.
Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has said that up to 80 percent of foreign visitors to The Bahamas come from the United States.