New Dominica-China Friendship Association coincides with need for building dependable diplomatic relationships says Skerrit

Steve Ferrol. File photo

The Dominica-China Friendship Association has been launched to further strengthen collaboration between Dominica and the People’s Republic of China.

The association was launched during a ceremony held at the State House conference centre on the weekend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The main objectives of the association [are] stated in the constitution as follows: to further strengthen and promote Friendship cooperation and collaboration between people from the Commonwealth of Dominica and the People’s Republic of China in selected areas of mutual understanding and interests consistent with the principles that guide government-to-government relations,” President of the Dominica China Friendship Association, Ambassador Steve Ferrol said.

According to him, closely linked to the objectives of the association is a statement of principle in the constitution which states that the Dominica China Friendship Association recognizes that friendship between the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the People’s Republic of China must be based on the knowledge of, and respect for, sovereignty and a right to self-determination of each country.

“Therefore we support the declaration of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica in support of international law that there is only one China, the People’s Republic of China and the resolution of the status of Taiwan is an internal affair of the Chinese…,” Ferrol remarked.

He said further that the members of the association are therefore drawn to friends of China including those who have lived, studied, visited, or have an interest in Dominica-China people-to-people relations, “and who subscribe to the objective principle and constitution of the association.”

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who also addressed the ceremony said the launch of the association comes at a time of great economic and social uncertainty worldwide which makes a strong case for building dependable relationships with the country’s diplomatic partners throughout the world.

“In our global environment characterized by conflict, economic and social unrest, disease and climate crisis there is a need for even more effective engagement and exchanges among countries,” Skerrit stated.

He went on to say that through communication and people-to-people connections and bilateral engagements between governments, “We can create new opportunities for our people to help them transcend the challenges of the times.”

Skerrit indicated that over the 18 years of friendship Dominicans have gained a lot from the collaboration between Dominica and China.

“When I took the bold decision to establish formal ties with China in 2004, I did so with the interest and well-being of the Dominican people as my foremost concern…,” he said.

Skerrit continued, “Years later we have had ample evidence that this was a sound decision which has enhanced the lives of the Dominican people and contributed to our country’s enhancement in several development sectors.”

Meantime, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Dominica, His Excellency Lin Xianjiang said the embassy stands ready to provide all necessary assistance and facilitation for the conduct of its work.

The ambassador pledged to do his utmost, whether in good times or bad, to help with Dominica’s economy and social development, “and promote the well-being of Dominican people.”

He wishes that the Dominica-China Friendship association grows stronger, “as it opens a new chapter in China-Dominica relations.”

 

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19 Comments

  1. Frosty
    September 15, 2022

    “Therefore we support the declaration of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica in support of international law that there is only one China, the People’s Republic of China and the resolution of the status of Taiwan is an internal affair of the Chinese…,” Ferrol remarked.

    Disgusting. Dominica has no spine, no principles. It will do anything for money. Including selling its souls (and, I hear, its airport contract).

    Skerrit said the same thing about Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

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  2. DA2DBONE
    September 15, 2022

    Well it’s official! We’re now an overseas territory of the PRC.

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  3. Possie Direct
    September 15, 2022

    Skerrit and China friendship daykalay Dominica. Skerrit became a billionaire from that friendship but Dominica gone down to ashes

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  4. kubulol
    September 15, 2022

    DA should stop begging and avoid friendship with undemocratic countries

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  5. Francisco Etinne-Dods Telemaque
    September 15, 2022

    Collaboration in what?
    Dominica is the only bought and paid for colony China has on this planet. How can a bought and paid for colony collaborate with its master?
    How can Roosevelt collaborate with his colonial masters the Chines who has full and all power over him?Collaboration the action of joining with someone or working together with someone in the creation or production of something; hopefully something technological.
    Then again, when a corrupted man such as Roosevelt speaks of Collaboration with communist China, that could imply something traitorous against some democratic country.
    Could it be that’s why Chaina largest Embassy in the entire world is located in Roosevelt Dominica the poorest nation on the planet with a handful of Chinese welding power over the majority who are born Dominican?

  6. September 14, 2022

    Skerrit is unable to find any associate outside of Dominica to align with him in his hatred for the western and democratic world. His intention is to put more of his locals into further trouble by calling on them to associate with him to voice their negativity against America and other Democratic countries around the world. This Roosevelt Chichi is a very dangerous goblin who roams around only for the purpose to ruin souls. To you in this so-called association, please submit your resignation. This association is out for nothing good to benefit you and the other hopeless Dominicans. This Roosevelt Chichi is a good for nothing proprietor.

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  7. Sikiye
    September 14, 2022

    It won’t be long Dominicans will be told that we will be soon reunited with main land China :lol:

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  8. Funeral Home
    September 14, 2022

    During that new friendship between Roosevelt Skerrit and China, Dominica has become very corrupt, more poorverty, caused all foreign banks to shut down, more of our nationals have died from their hospital, more crimes and caused so many hierarchy of our country to be scared of going to the US because they feel they are wanted by FBI. So Skerrit what the hell is in that MOU you signed with China? Man our country has become a funeral home since that friendship between Skerrit and China

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  9. Truth Be Told
    September 14, 2022

    China! China! China! China! Soon even the name of the Commonwealth of Dominica you all will change to Dominica-China! You those Labour Chino-Dominicans selling this country out for personal gain!
    Plus tard plus twist! Time will tell! Later will be greater. If only we had known they will say, but it will be too late for Dominica and Dominicans.

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  10. Ibo France
    September 14, 2022

    Is it just a simple coincident that as Roosevelt strengthens ties and cooperation with totalitarian China, the brutality meted out to unarmed civilians by the Mongoose Gang gets worse?

    Where is the media? Are they sleeping? Why not even one report on these life threatening acts of terrorism? Silence gives consent. This is precisely what obtains in China.

    This is one of my main reasons for castigating the media. Only Q95 is courageous enough to expose these frequent acts of barbarity.

    Tomorrow there will be more acts of heinousness on innocent people by an out-of-control, cowardly infantry.

    There is presently an absence of rule of law in Dominica. We have literally surrendered the country to a despot. Roosevelt has overthrown democracy in our island. Where is the outrage?

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  11. Ibo France
    September 14, 2022

    I’m getting Roosevelt fatigue with these inconsequential articles. He hums a song and it is sure to make its way on this network.

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  12. Luca
    September 14, 2022

    Skerrit puts cash before conscience once again. History will not judge him well.

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  13. Juanita
    September 14, 2022

    The name of this organization speaks for itself, and its president gives it a face.

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  14. L C Matthew
    September 14, 2022

    In the progression of relationships there is first attractions, then friendships, to emotions, to sex, babies, and sometimes breakup. Which stage are we moving in. What does deeper friendship btw peoples and gov mean? What was the attraction? Money? Base in the west to set up intelligence on rival super power? Is the Chinese so insecure that all you have to say is one china policy and you get showered with love? You already have 1.4billion people why not let taiwan people be. The imperialism DNA of china has escaped its boundaries and as a result is spreading its tentacles to gain influence. Is deepening relationship a new way of saying adaptation of the Chinese system of co existence and control by a one party state. I have not seen the relationship increase tourism arrivals, agri export and other increase in productivity value. Dominicans are financially and economically displaced and thier democracy diminished. Are we now in the phase where population will be further violated?

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  15. Ibo France
    September 14, 2022

    Only a naive person would think that China gives free lunches. Research their relationship with Zambia and other African countries. Look at Hong Kong today in comparison to a few years ago. Hong Kong was one of the world’s brightest financial centres. China took over and it’s now not even a shadow of itself.

    Roosevelt has a propensity to lie in bed with the most abhorrent facist regimes around the world. Russia, China, and Syria readily come to mind.

    There could never be any mutual friendship between a lion and a guinea pig. Power and size matter. The more powerful always looks to exploit the weaker. History is our greatest teacher of this lesson.

    “There is some self interest behind ever friendship. There is no friendship without self interests. This is a bitter TRUTH.”

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  16. Bwa-Banday
    September 14, 2022

    Wohooooooo! Sadly, to those who are not capable of seeing beyond the fancy words in the speeches let me warn you. Unlike the Dca Cuba Friendship or whatever its called association, this China friendship association is pure horse manure, and only meant to unsuspectingly drag our people more towards total acceptance of the so called “One China” policy.

    Like Russia, China is no more than a global bully and will go as far as attacking Taiwan to meet its goal of control. But, if the war in Ukraine has taught bully nations anything is that the US does not have to put boots on the ground to ensure bullies are day-kar-layed. The government of Dca and its stooges must STOP trying to shove the Chinese rod down our throats. We do not need anything else named “Dca China Friendship”….whatever in Ma Dominique. African countries are bawling under Chinese pressure and threats of national assets seizure yet we continue to march towards Beijing left, right, left right…smmfh! Oh why!

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  17. Toto
    September 14, 2022

    Very good but now we need the skilled staff to look after these patients for a start. Do we have them? Also, Dr. James scheduled to leave as head of the hospital at the end of this month and supposed to return to his country of birth, Trinidad. Who, is going to replace him? I have not heard, have you?

  18. Lawyer
    September 14, 2022

    Skerrit stated: “When I took the bold decision to establish formal ties with China in 2004, I did so with the interest and well-being of the Dominican people as my foremost concern…,” Skerrit, boy, why do you continue to fool the people of Dominica. This was never a decision with the interest and well-being of the people at heart but it purely serves your interests. Answer me on question, why is it that almost 20 years later no citizen has seen the MOU that you signed with China. Why?
    Furthermore, China more and more supports Putin, who ambushed the Ukraine without any good reason. I tell you what, Skerrit, if you want to call a country like that your friend, go right ahead. Once again it shows us your low standards. As far as I am concerned, I will never ever be a friend of China or Russia for that matter. Why do you force us to support your MADNESS. The time has come, enough is enough!!!

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  19. Sammie
    September 14, 2022

    All this is good. But until we address how SOME ( way to many) nurses ill-treat and abuse patients, this effort is wasted.

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