SANTO DOMINGO, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- China looks forward to boosting cooperation with the Dominican Republic, said Chinese Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Zhang Run.
In an article published Thursday in the local daily Listin Diario, Zhang, China's first ambassador to the country, said that with political and social stability, and rapid economic growth, the Caribbean nation stands out as an attractive destination for investment.
"It is the engine for promoting regional prosperity" and "plays an active and unique role in regional and international affairs," Zhang said.
In a nod to Dominicans' well-known affection for baseball, Zhang headlined the article "I come to deliver joint home runs," and went on to outline the objectives for the bilateral relationship.
"Regarding this embassy's goals, they can be summed by three 'Cs': solid confidence, equal communication and cooperation for shared benefits," the ambassador said.
"Establishing diplomatic relations with the Dominican Republic on May 1 of the year was a historic moment" and "should be valued," said Zhang, who arrived in the capital city of Santo Domingo on Aug. 19.
Globally, China seeks to promote ties of cooperation and friendship, he said. "Maintaining an equitable dialogue with partners has been a constant practice and principle of China's, as well as an inherent requisite of our historic experience and cultural tradition," he said.
The two countries now "need to improve communication and mutual understanding" and "strengthen shared interests," he said.
"China has a huge market, robust technology and capital, and the Dominican Republic enjoys a privileged geographical location and a good investment environment. Between our two countries are enormous natural advantages for complementary cooperation. We should make full use of the potential and open the door to opportunities for cooperation," Zhang said.
The diplomat said he hoped to see more Chinese companies in the country, and "more Chinese tourists enjoying the sun and beautiful Dominican beaches such as Punta Cana."
"China is willing to contribute to the development of the Dominican Republic, and keeping the principles of equality and mutual respect under win-win conditions," he said.
Zhang said he is confident the two countries "are going to jointly create the opportunities to achieve prosperity."
He said "we want to learn from the Dominicans, even about baseball. Let's work together to deliver more home runs!"