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  January 22, 2008

Permanent Observer of China to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, presented a donation of US$105,000 to the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, today. The contribution will be used to finance a program run by the Justice Studies Center of the Americas and to upgrade resources of several OAS offices.

“As a demonstration of friendship and the importance attached to the OAS, China has decided to donate US$80,000 to the OAS for the purchase of office equipment. This shows the common desire of both China and the OAS to continue pushing forward our cooperation,” said Wenzhong. “I also wish to take this opportunity to announce that our government will contribute US$25,000 to help fund the Judicial Information System for the Americas project.”

Secretary General Insulza expressed his gratitude to the government of the People’s Republic of China. “Since your country became a Permanent Observer of the Organization, our cooperation has been progressing in a strong way. Your present contribution supports an area that is crucial to our work in the Hemisphere—the access of the citizens of the Americas to their judicial systems,” he told the Chinese Ambassador.

For his part, Wenzhong stressed that the relationship between his country and the Organization has become increasingly “substantive and fruitful” in a variety of ways, including the creation of a China-OAS Cooperation Fund, to which the Chinese government has contributed approximately US$600,000 in the past three years.

This cooperation, said the Chinese diplomat, has helped “fund various projects of shared interest to all OAS members. As both sides had anticipated, the OAS has become another important platform for friendly cooperation between China and the countries of the Americas. We are very pleased with the results and stand ready to continue working closely with the OAS”, he said.

The People’s Republic of China became a Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States by a Permanent Council resolution approved on May 26, 2004.

Reference: E-010/08