Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a “great” example to countries like Dominica in the developing world on how to maximize available resources.
Skerrit made the point during a reception at the Fort Young Hotel on the occasion of the observance of the 65th anniversary of Independence of the PRC which will be celebrated on October 1.
“So China is in fact a great example to all of us in the developing world,” he said and explained that China has “been an example of how a developing state can go about improving the lives of its people, what we can do with the resources that we have and of course, with the determination of our people.”
He said PRC has endured tremendous challenges over an extended period of time, ranging from all forms of invasions and because of the determination of the leadership and the people of China, they were able to overcome those “atrocities.” Today, he said, China is the second largest economy in the world and is also a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
“I believe that this is testimony to the fortitude of the Chinese people. But very critically too, is the belief of the Chinese people in their own abilities to overcome whatever challenges they are faced with.”
The country’s leader also stated that he wished to re-emphasize “Our adherence and recognition of the one China Policy,” which he said has been that way for the past 10 years.
“Rest assured your excellency that our countries will continue to enjoy excellent relations both at the bilateral level and also at the multi-lateral levels,” Skerrit noted.
The One China Policy refers to the policy of view that there is only one state called China despite the existence of two states that claim to be “China.”
According to Princeton University website, the One-China policy has been the held by both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) (also known as Taiwan) They both agree that there is only one sovereign state encompassing both mainland China and Taiwan, but disagree about which of the two is legitimate.
It also means that countries seeking diplomatic relations with PRC must break official relations with the ROC and vice versa and all countries recognizing the ROC recognize it as the sole legitimate representative of all of China and not just of Taiwan (https://www.princeton.edu/).
The PRC will observe their 65th anniversary on October 1st.
During that period the PRC’s economic status has risen from US$ 100 billion 65 years ago to US$ 9.3 Trillion in 2013, the world’s second largest economy and according the Chinese Ambassador to Dominica, they are aiming for the US$ 10 Trillion mark.