The Grenada tisland has become only the fifth nation in the world to sign a visa-waiver accord with China.

“Over the years we have had quite a number of visits from China, but up till now it has been largely higher-level persons on government-to-government business,” Grenada Foreign Minister Clarice Modeste Curwen said in a statement.

“But as our relationship strengthens, we need to have more people-to-people exchanges of the ordinary people so that there is a strengthening of the relationship and a better understanding of our cultures,” she said.

Curwen and China’s ambassador to Grenada, Ou Boqian, signed the agreement on Wednesday on the heels of the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations.

Curwen said that while the visa waiver allows for Grenada passport holders to enter China and China passport holders to enter Grenada, there are certain international regulations that must be respected.