Monday, 24 February 2014

TALLAWAH MOMENT: Jamaica-China relations head up the garden path

IN FULL BLOOM: A vivid variety of exotic flora currently adorns the St. Andrew-based property.
Every now and again you find that a long-standing relationship could use some sprucing up. And Jamaica's 40-year affair with the Chinese is certainly no exception.

As a symbol to mark our four decades of diplomatic ties, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Chinese Ambassador Dong Xiaojun recently broke ground for the establishment of a Chinese garden at the Hope Botanical Gardens, the perfect spot one could say for such a significant thing.

Although the new garden falls into the larger context of the restoration of Hope Gardens to its former glory, the construction of the facility is in keeping with the Jamaican government's commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of the value of green acres in cities and urban areas.

"History tells us that by their very nature, Chinese gardens are designed to express the harmony that should exist between man and nature," the prime minister explains. The Chinese garden, which will be constructed over the course of the next 14 months, is being spearheaded by the Nature Preservation Foundation, which currently holds a 49-year lease to manage the entire property. 

As PM Simpson-Miller goes on to emphasize, Jamaica remains committed to "achieving that harmonious balance between the demands of human development and the care and preservation of our environment."

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