Statement on 15th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the commonwealth of Dominica and the People’s Republic of China

Hon Linton

By Hon. Lennox Linton, Parliamentary Opposition Leader

March 12, 2019

 

On this proud occasion of the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Peoples Republic of China, born out of our nation’s recognition and support of the One China Policy, the United Workers Party congratulates the Government and people of Dominica, and the Government and people of the Peoples Republic of China.

The Dominica-China relationship is one of the most important pillars of our foreign relations and we are deeply grateful to the Government and People of China for the many contributions made so far to our national development.

During this fifteen year partnership, we have witnessed very commendable development of the bilateral relationship and fruitful cooperation in many fields. Specifically, our country has benefitted immensely from the many capital projects which have enhanced our infrastructure for better social services and sustainable economic growth. The focus on human resource development has trained hundreds of Dominicans at tertiary level, and the people-to-people exchanges have fostered closeness among our peoples and better appreciation and understanding of the cultural attributes of both countries.

The Peoples Republic has been very attentive to our extreme vulnerability to natural disasters and on behalf of the people of Dominica we express our heartfelt gratitude to China for its timely and generous commitments following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in 2015, and the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Maria in 2017.  These caring acts of solidarity during our hours of need underscore the integrity of the friendship we have been privileged to develop with the largest nation on earth.

We look forward to further consolidation of our bilateral relations during the next fifteen years and greater cooperation in tandem with our aspiration for social and economic transformation.

Long live the Peoples Republic of China! Long live our Nature Island, our Isle of Beauty! Long Live the Dominica-China relationship.

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47 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    March 24, 2019

    % here is a winning team first 11 Austrie,Douglas,Daniel,Dr.King,Blackmore,Issac,Mellisa,Grant,Skerrit,Paul,Registe.Anyone of you BlueBugs,name five of the Blue winners.% you don’t even have a full slate of candidates.If you want to know who is winning,do like me.Go on the ground.None of your Blue seat is safe.Understand it was Labourites who voted Freedom,after they got tired with Patrick John.Now LABOUR is BACK

  2. March 24, 2019

    Mr. Linton Sir I believe that it was some time in 2017, that you claimed Dominica was on the Edge of a precipice under the Leadership of PM Skerrit and his Government. And all I am reading from your supporters is that nothing has been done in regards to economic and social development for the past 20 years.

    Now you come back here with that message above, with all sorts of applauses–pertaining to that 15-year relationship with China–Sir what are you saying; what are you doing as a political Leader?

    Well if you have decided to make a UTurn, from the darkness into the light, it will take 5 years to complete that turn and five more years to walk circumspectly in the light if you must completely overcome the darkness–or give it all up.

    But stop with this back and forth medley, the dance is not good for you, and most certainly bad for Dominica and her “God-fearing people” May we continue in growth by His Grace, slowly but surely.

  3. Diablo
    March 23, 2019

    sounds like the first man to be placed in the China Dominica friendship cemetery.
    Du lay, ask the Chinese what it means. They will give u the middle finger back lol

  4. Politicking
    March 23, 2019

    Politics is politicking. Is the next election u want to win.oh u start to open your eyes.. Good start.

  5. Portsmouth Labourite
    March 22, 2019

    The Honourable Lennox Linton nor the United Workers Party (UWP) have been against the People’s Republic of China (PRC). There are elements in both the UWP, the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) who have not supported the establishment of Diplomatic Relations with the PRC.

    It is very unfortunate to read the kinds of negative comments people make about the Honourable Lennox Linton and the UWP when those people who make those negative comments don’t understand much about diplomacy but run their mouths in anticipation of getting some crumbs…

    It takes a Statesman of Lennox’s calibre to write such a positive statement in observance of the 15 years of Diplomatic Relations between China and Dominica :wink: :wink:

    • Looking on
      March 24, 2019

      You can say what ever you want but I am not convinced the the right honorable Lenox Linton wrote that statement.

      • Pipo
        March 25, 2019

        You can believe what you want of course but I know Lennox does not need a speech writer like Dr.Dr. Skerrit.

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  6. Man bites dogs
    March 22, 2019

    This guy nose is getting larger and larger like a runway a 747 will soon able to land on it! 😂

    • John Jay
      March 22, 2019

      You are looking at the individual instead of the message which was better than the one which represented you. Shame

      • Man bites dogs
        March 24, 2019

        Linton, message or statements means nothing to me or to anyone, for a start Linton uses simple words not even he understands what does that tells you and I another thing any so-called political leader that goes collecting money in a hat says something about the person.

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    • viewsexpressed
      March 24, 2019

      What disrespect, what illiteracy, what an insult, it shows to tell us that this so called jack … Man Bites Dog is not of any intelligence, let alone to comprehend and comment on issue that are far beyond him.

      It is now obvious that Man Bites Dogs, is scared of the intellectual of Hon Lennox \Linton and his blind loyalty to failed inept Odd Minister Skerrit. This is a very damning statement above referring to Hon Linton. The Labour Party must now stand tall, prove their worth and kick this barking dog out of your company, there ate fleas running about. Labour should no longer have this leach tied on the neck of this Man Bites Dogs. Hypocritical idiots, illiterate Man. No wonder that this corrupt Labour government is stained fleas form an bites Dogs al over its corrupt incompetent behaviour.
      Skerrit will fall, so will this corrup0t useless Labour Government and be advised that Hon Lennox Linton and the decent UWP will stand strong and serve Domininca exceptionally well. Welcome…

  7. mine
    March 22, 2019

    Lennox is speaking on both sides of is mouth now is thanking the China policy he once criticized.

    • Barbara Saunders
      March 22, 2019

      Well I never! The old people used to say if they lived long enough they would see “plenty” things! Well, we certainly are seeing and hearing plenty things!

      I guess the next thing we’ll hear is how much the CBS – 60 minutes mail order CBI has contributed to Dominica’s development. I thought nothing was happening in Dominica? So now we have reaped tremendous benefits from Skerrit’s visionary diplomatic relations with China? Guess some of us were walking with our eyes closed!

      On another note, if almost everything the government is doing has suddenly got on to you people’s to do list, then what would be the value of the change, particularly after the government has in the midst of so much mauvais lang worked so hard to obtain the resources and set the stage for further development of the country?

      Why should people who worked hard at only one mission – “to destroy the country”, now be rewarded with the fruits of the determination and effort of other people? Tell me!

      • viewsexpressed
        March 24, 2019

        Barbara, I am sorry, but you making no sense. I just dont understand what you are asking or hoping to ask. What development? Let me advise you that I am within the system and we lack vision, leadership, opportunity etc.
        Our farmers are crying, our hucksters too. Children are crying, within the civil service we just observe and shut up and at he end of the day, we go have a nice drink to wash our concerns away. We just there pushing paper and this government lacks leadership ad vison and know not how to development Domininca in anyway possible. We need change from this inept failed Skerrit Corrupt failed Labour government. So many passports sold, no one knows who has or where has the money gone and to whom?
        The thing , this corrupt Labour government is a failure ad no not where to turn and what to do. We need them, with failed Skerrit out ASAP, so we await the elections. We have considered strongly and profoundly for Hon Linton to take the realms of Prme Minister & his UWP Team.

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  8. Frank N Stein
    March 22, 2019

    Wow! Lennox Linton has matured! I know there are many things you wanted to say Mr Linton but you realize that this is not the time and you have many other opportunities to voice your opinion on other relevant matters. I applaud you for heeding to the call for a change in your approach, it shows maturity, it shows you are ready to lead. Continue to bring to light important matters to us in the right forum at the right time. Congratulations MR Linton, I am impressed. IF this was not an anonymous forum all would know that it takes much to impress me from the opposition, but you did!

    • Rizebone
      March 22, 2019

      There is always for growth, in all of us…

  9. UKDominican
    March 22, 2019

    The Chinese are pragmatic people and plan long term. It should be obvious now that Mr. Linton has their backing. This is nothing personal but they need stability and mutual trust, which needs improvement according to China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his congratulatory message to Francine Baron. It would appear that P.M. Skerrit has become a liability and an obstacle to their “Belt & Road” initiative for the LAC (Latin America/Caribbean) initiative, in which Dominica plays a pivotal role. Though couched in diplomatic language, the missive to Francine Baron makes it clear that there is not sufficient trust between our respective governments and this, combined with the negative international exposure of Roosevelt’s Skerrit government, combined with China’s anti-corruption drive makes Roosevelt Skerrit expendable. If not, the Chinese would not be talking to, and have such a close relationship with Lennox Linton.

    • Barbara Saunders
      March 22, 2019

      UkDominican
      Would you refer to a trip to China one or two years ago and a sudden expedient turn around in language as “such a close relationship with China”?

      Sir/Madam, you can go ahead and insult the intelligence of your compatriots but don’t try it with countries which have mastered the art in their national interest. I don’t doubt that they have a long term interest in having at least a speaking relationship with the opposition, that is diplomacy, but don’t give us that “close relationship” silliness.

      What do you think the Chinese embassy officials have been doing here the last 15 years? walking with their eyes and ears closed?

      When Taiwan enjoyed diplomatic relations with Dominica, people from all parties in Dominica travelled to Taiwan for visits etc. One notable diplomat was Mr. Wang who invited people from all sides of the divide to his social events at the embassy. Nothing to do with a personal affinity for Mr. Opposition sir/madam.

      • Pipo
        March 22, 2019

        Barbara, Lennox living next to the Chinese embassy ar Morne Daniël. He can walk there anytime for a cup of tea and he is welcome there. It looks like he has been quietly nurturing excellent relations there while your man trying to play off his Chinese friends against the Russians, the Venezuelans and anyone else he think he can outsmart. Well he too smart by half and can not be trusted by anyone. Check that with members of his own cabinet, start with Ian.

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    • Man bites dogs
      March 23, 2019

      @ UKDominican
      Excuse me me for saying it but I think you talking out of your pithole mind. If you don’t understand something dont refer to it without knowing what you on about with pack of lies. Workers supporters all have the same DNA lies and denial it’s in the root of the so-called criminal workers party dishonest and cheating…. God bless Dominica 🇩🇲 and good people such as Labour government for giving us hope once again thanks.

      • viewsexpressed
        March 24, 2019

        This Man bites Dogs, biting himself has nothing of substance to bark or write about. Most times I am wondering where is this guy coming from and why doesn`t he upgrade his intelligence if that is what he uses to send this blind loyalty nonsense. He has no vision of his own, but relies on other peoples` point of view to engage in a debate. Keep biting Dogs man, go on bite and bark Woof…woof, but remember that Skerrit must Go….he is on his way out, so is this worse, corrupt Labour government. They have to go, they have ruined and killed and shames our nature island Domininca. Skerrit must Go. get out
        We welcome Hon Lennox Linton and his professional UWP Team.

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  10. Pj
    March 22, 2019

    Ummm, did I miss out on something? Lennox I know you’ve said that should your party become the new administration Dominica will keep relations with China, but where’s the part on how concerned you are about the much talked about China takeover of Dominica, the nature of which Trump’s office recently referred to as predatory?

  11. Eddie
    March 22, 2019

    What happened Lennox Linton got the wrong statement. This statement sounds like is PM Roosevelt Skerrit statement. Basically Mr. Linton is giving high commendation to the DLP Government for establishing a very great relationship with the PRC. UWP criticized the relationship so destructively and today UWP is its biggest supporter. This Ida another Flip Flop by Mr. Linton and the UWP. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive

    • viewsexpressed
      March 24, 2019

      Eddie, wake up the talk and substance has been about accounatabity and the same way Hon. Linton has been asking for transparency and openness and accountability of monies coming from Passports sales and any other giving us funds to build our ravaged Domininca created by failed Skerrit and his corrupt labour governed. I am hoping that you will protect Dominica that it is important that our government (s) will adhere to good governance e and accountability, that is what i will advice you to refer to your Skerrit and failed corrupt Labour government. they cannot be trusted because endless money has come in from passports,, China, Venezuela and we are still in puberty producing nothing by that Skerrit has reduced our people to poverty, beggars, created the Red Clinic , money sent by agents to poor families around the island. He has dismissed and ignored our Welfare Division and offices and all you crying our BS nonsense talk “we love our Om, we like him”. My foot,..? what hypocrisy. UWP…

  12. Joseph John
    March 21, 2019

    Again we see the UWP arrogance and ignorance of diplomatic protocol and procedure.

  13. Lisad
    March 21, 2019

    Wait a minute. While his supporters are ranting under the PM’s message, Mr Linton is actually speaking the same words as the prime minister.

  14. The Truth Man
    March 21, 2019

    Lennox Linton is in the middle of a political battle to deliver Dominica from the wicked hand of Skerrit and therefore he has to be very careful with what he says about China, But as a Dominican that is not seeking political office, I have a right to speak my mind and call things as I see them. So I say that I am very disappointed with that 15 years friendship between China and Skerrit. Unlike Mr. Linton all I see is 15 years of Hell on Earth and 15 years that pushed Da behind by another 40 years! and yes 15 years of poverty, sorrow, mourning, and liesand deception.
    During those 15 years we see many of our sons and daughters jailed, some running while were arrested are awaiting sentencing. NG Lap Seng,is jailed in NY, Francisco Corrallo arrested, Alizarie Monfared, jaile in Iran ,Diezani Maduake: hiding from law enforcement in London, Denzil Bouglas of St. Kitts, narrowly Escaped. We lost Ross, our Banan Industry, manyof our young men
    Francesco Corrallo an
    Francesco Corrallo .

    • March 22, 2019

      Your position just reflects the tribal politics you encourage. Could you tell us which period in the past that Dominica was rich and did not experience porverty? Was it under the LeBlanc, John, Charles, James or Douglas administration? Unfortunately under these administrations Dominica had a high rate of porverty, access to university education was limited to the fortunate few, however over the past 15 years Dominican students have had easier access to higher education as the class, color and ethnicity barriers have been eradicated and more funding made available. That did not happen under previous administrations because of poverty and our so called friends were to rich to concern themselves with our porverty. The current administration is fighting to eradicate porverty, with programs like the yes we care and the housing revolution, monthly payments of $300. 00 to the elderly. New schools, a brand new state college, sports stadium…….is that how you spell porverty???

      • Lin clown
        March 22, 2019

        Anon,I support you 100%.The NEP 3000plus workers,ClareHarbour 834 workers.Several people has more than one job.We have more cars more people building houses More Police.Remember UWP sold Domlec,they stole Social Security money.They distroyed the integrity of the Police force,when they fired Mr.Blanchard,Mr.Valarie and other Police Officers.We will never forget the atrocities committed by the UWP.Remember Linton said he was always a part of the UWP when it was formed in 1988.Truth Man you know nothing about Dominica.Ask Linton what they did with the REENGINEERED citizenship programme money.They clossed down the Layou River Hotel.And the Blue B B,talk about HONOURABLE .Take that FLIP FLOPERS

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      • Me
        March 23, 2019

        Since you ask, it is spelled “poverty” and I have seen that increase during the last 15 years with the gap between the “have” and “have nots” widening.

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      • viewsexpressed
        March 24, 2019

        Anoon, you are taking BS, absolute rubbish. Where we sit, I an aware of the statistics and the resukts or failed results of many initiatives, so don`t go barking fake news and perception that you have no knowledge of. This government has been failing us now for 19 years. We up there know it all, our jobs must be safe , so yo will not have to know much from me. Just get your car and travel around the island like I do regularly, to see first hand the poverty, deprivation and poor living housing conditions. People`s housing are closed by 7pm, no supper, little supper, no jobs, no more fishing, no school books and just cannot keep up. Becareful what you write and get your inforamtion first hand and don`t listen to Skerrit and his blind acolytes, it is all fake news, a pretence that something is happening when nothing is. …and our people are suffering while some young children are engaged in prostitution, a frightening scenario just to bring home cash to survive. I have seen it and all.

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    • Barbara Saunders
      March 22, 2019

      So Truth Man
      Someone is finally honest! When one is seeking political office one can lie his/her way through any situation even when the facts are staring everyone in the face; one can seek to do damage to one’s country and people with every waking breath; one can curse President to pastor; one can extort poor gullible people; one can insult heads of governments who are trying to help one’s country.

      When the rubber hits the road one finally realises that apart from the fanatics who egg one on, decent people are sick to the stomach of the constant mauvais lang and negativity. One realises that people begin to question one’s plan for the country you, Mr. Truth figure it is okay to now be very careful with what one says about people and countries?

      Hey man I would be very uncomfortable with anyone who flip flops based on his/her audience or situation. One has to stand for what one believes, whatever the price! something cannot be wrong on Monday and right on Tuesday!

    • viewsexpressed
      March 24, 2019

      Mr Truth Man, the truth hurts, yo are so right and on Que to what yo said. It appears that while you your eyes and ears are wide open, those of Anon and others are blind bats to what really is happening in our island. We are up there at Government Headquarters and Financial centre, and we all know that the talk is obvious on Bin, Fertilizer Bobols for the past 19 years under this failed Skerrit and his corrupt Labour government. We need Skerrit out and his corrupt Labour must Go Get lost and people of Domininca make way for more decent people in government. We welcome Hon Linton and his professional UWP Team. Let us take back our Domininca.

  15. Lenpro
    March 21, 2019

    Lennox, i have to say you are making progress. You now to sound like a statesman. These are the coments which trend politicians to victory..

    • %
      March 22, 2019

      I am likewise impressed,as he prepares to dethrone Dominica’s most wicked leader,Skerrit !
      What a brute of a leader and an embarrassment.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Barbara Saunders
      March 22, 2019

      Really?

      If all it takes for victory is to make statements which even I do not believe then it is easier than I thought and Dominicans are far less astute than I thought they were man!

      • Lenpro
        March 23, 2019

        Plaese dont get me wrong Miss Saunders. Let me make it clear. I am referring to a statement which has improve. Because. I know all Lennox does is bash everything in path. I am not taking about Maturity to lead Dominica.

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    • viewsexpressed
      March 24, 2019

      Amen, Lenpro, that`s the message, you are right on Que. Keep it coming, we need change, e need this Skerrit and his failed corrupt Labour government out. We have had enough of open corruption , lies, deception and fake news.

  16. Yes I
    March 21, 2019

    Yes my people. Some people just have to lap up thier vomit and humble themselves after all the unsavory things they said about China and the government. Are they no longer interested in seeing the “secrete” agreement? Could a simple trip to China change ones mind? Was there a “secret” agreement between UWP and China? Well, well… look flip flopping. UWP has effectively endorsed everything this DLP has done. The only difference is that they claim they can spend the treasury’s money better. What a joke. These guys remind me of the story of Mother Hen.

    • %
      March 22, 2019

      Unsavory things about Chinese ????..This is the problem with you allabourites..That’s why you all are being kicked out .To speak the truth is not unsavoury!!! The truth is to be spoken ..Do like Skerrit and lie instead? The Chinese know the truth..That’s why the Patriots from the UWP were well received in China upon invitation of the Chinese! You think the relationship is between Skerrit and China … No sir/madam ,it’s Dominica and China.
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  17. %
    March 21, 2019

    Well done patriot ..Even the leadership of The People’s Republic of China has seen how far ahead of Lazy Skerrit you are in terms of leadership..I guess that’s why they invited you and a few others from your team to their country about 2 or 3 years ago .
    You have stunned even your vilest critic, with the pace at which your leadership has blossomed and matured over time. Wow! Bravo!!!
    Now that in every street corner the people are hollering, crying, yearning for you,d
    don’t get swell headed.The work ends on polling day after all ballots are counted ..
    Keep on shining patriot!!
    Soon Come!!Soon Come!!!!!
    Lintonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • Thanks
      March 22, 2019

      Partner % please stay on your medication. The China 🇨🇳 take your to China and you are singing fu fu fum. Lenox you could be bought for nothing. What a canary is the UWP leader.

  18. KID ON THE BLOCK
    March 21, 2019

    Bold Face No Face HYPOCRITE! Now the UWP trying to play nice!? One thing chinese don’t forget.

    • Ibo France
      March 23, 2019

      Always coming with trivialities or complete uselessness.. These moronic statements are indicative of the lack ofvknowledge to have a rational debate on pertinent issues affecting Dominica.
      The Chinese community, in Dominica, has never tried to adopt Dominican culture nor interact in any serious way with our people. This speaks volumes. Yes, they have donated items and contributed to the Infrastructural development of the country but they give with strings attached.
      KID, you need an educational baptism. Spend your time wisely instead of obsessing with the erudite Mr. Linton.

  19. DC
    March 21, 2019

    Wow! Did I just read a statement written by Mr. Linton? I must applaud you sir. For once, I did not read any negative comments. Keep it up Sir! What a revelation! That was a brilliant move by PM to sever ties with Taiwan. The benefits derived from the relationship are immense. Many thanks to The People’s Republic of China.

    Dominicans, please stop with the animosity towards each other over politics. Stop denigrating our women because the Party you support is not at the helm! Stop it now! We are one people!

    • Man bites dogs
      March 22, 2019

      @ DC, You are all about rubbish and crap, for a start your Mr Linton didn’t write that hypocritical statement as you called it. Linton is trying to be behaving in a way that suggests one has higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case. In simple English your lord booboo Lennox Linton is an embarrassment to his self and Dominicans a nobody.

      • viewsexpressed
        March 24, 2019

        Man Bites Dogs, thanks for your crap, you are getting better at it. We just have to accept you for the level that you are on. , but not on the bigger picture. keep barking and playing with your toys, your pups.

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