Dominica recommits to One China policy; China vows not to interfere in internal affairs

PM Skerrit and Ambassador LU Kun

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that Dominica has seen tremendous benefits after 15 years of diplomatic relations with China.

He spoke on Tuesday night at a function to mark the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Dominica. The event which was hosted by Chinese Embassy was held at the Goodwill Parish Hall.

Skerrit announced that Dominica has renewed its support for a One China Policy.

“As Prime Minister of the country… we’re in absolute complete adherence to the One China policy and we maintain this both as a matter of principle but also very fundamentally, in respect to international law…” he said

The prime minister said that China has contributed greatly towards Dominica’s economic development.

“Every sector in our society has benefited directly from that relationship over the last 15 years and if one were to extract the investment which China has made to us, we will not be as far in our nation’s development,” he declared. “And I remember very clearly how instrumental China was in assisting our country especially during our stabilization program… China was able to provide us with direct final support to help cushion the impact on the citizenry of our country.”

He said China is providing its assistance to Dominica with absolutely no preconditions, recognizing that they have a responsibility to the international community.

Meantime, China’s Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Lu Kun said that the relationship between China and Dominica has grown rapidly.

“15 years has…passed, the relationship between China and Dominica grows fast…steady just like a flower. The strong relationship between our two countries has yielded… fruits which benefited both the people of China and Dominica,” Ku Kun stated.

He said China will never interfere with Dominica’s internal affairs and despite differences in size, social systems, history and culture, China has always maintained that all countries are equal and Dominican has the right to choose its path to development.

He said China’s economic assistance to Dominica is free and without any political conditions.

“The Chinese government highly appreciates Dominica as it adheres to One China policy,” adding this has laid a solid foundation for the friendly relations between our two countries”.

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26 Comments

  1. dissident
    March 21, 2019

    An MOU was signed 15 years ago with a 4 pillar project as de ice breaker.
    15 years later de MOU is not yet fulfilled……you mean it is that difficult to build a hospital?
    total disrespect to our Dr Dr PM and de country her leads.
    whereas de same China sending medical equipment to the present hospital for the use of THE CHINESE MEDICAL TEAM stationed there…….i am not stupid eh

    history cannot record anything of substance regarding that relationship in the first 15 years……..we de people can prove it

  2. Not A Herd Follower
    March 21, 2019

    Every year, the same old talk from Skerrit: ‘We are committed to the One-China Policy.” An old policy of the Chinese communists that they use to get other nations to accept their claim over other countries and maritime territories. Is Skerrit bereft of any new ideas?

  3. FORKDEM
    March 21, 2019

    i need to see the MOU… NOW

  4. BMB
    March 21, 2019

    This is simply a case of how, “LOVE becomes FEAR and HELP become CONTROL”. The LOVE Skerrit thinks people have for him is in fact FEAR, and the HELP China appears to be giving us is indeed CONTROL…!

  5. Mouton Batalie
    March 21, 2019

    And to continue;
    I do not need anyone insulting my intelligence with this hogwash. ‘He said China’s economic assistance to Dominica is free and without any political conditions’ yet the same Dominica people are held hostage by an MOU which has been kept a secret. If It is that innocent, why can’t we peruse it? ‘The Chinese government highly appreciates Dominica as it adheres to One China policy’ – If I gave anybody my money, I would also appreciate they adhere to my policies. No need to interfere because you are funding the campaign and they are doing your beckoning. Meanwhile, DOMLEC take the light in all Dominicans eyes. They blind like bat!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 21, 2019

       “He said China’s economic assistance to Dominica is free and without any political conditions’.

      “This only prove to you and the country how ignorant is that clown Roosevelt.

      Roosevelt is the only fool recognizing the following:

      The One-China policy  refers to the policy or view that there is only one state called “China”, despite the existence of two governments that claim to be “China”.

      As a policy, this means that countries seeking diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) must break official relations with the Republic of China (ROC), and vice versa.

      Hence, all the countries recognizing the ROC recognize it as the sole legitimate representative of all of China, and not just the island of Taiwan and other islands which it controls.

      Similarly, all states that recognise the PRC either recognise the PRC as the legitimate representative of Taiwan or acknowledge the PRC’s views on the matter.

      In other words; Roosevelt is the clown…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 21, 2019

        In other words Roosevelt Skerrit is the only human on earth supporting the annexation of Taiwan.

        Only an ignorant person would try to convince a nation, that China is simply giving Dominica money for free!

        If that is the case China owns Dominica and our people; so whereas we are under a dictatorship, they are using Roosevelt as a puppet prime minister to keep our people in subjection.

        How many Dominicans has ever set foot in the Chines embassy in Dominica?

        Is it not strange that Dominica is a country with less than fifty thousand people; native born, and a handful of China resident.

        Is it not strange the China embassy have perhaps a hundred or more people cooped up in there?

        What is the true purpose of the Chines Embassy in our country?

        Are they using Dominica as a base for spying, and if so; which nation in North America are they spying on, with the aid of Roosevelt Skerrit?

  6. Mouton Batalie
    March 21, 2019

    Forgive my ignorance. Asking for a voter:-
    1. One China Policy – What in the name of democracy is a ‘One China policy?’
    2. we’re in absolute complete adherence to the One China policy – Who are we? And what are we in adherence to? Absolute? Complete?
    3. we maintain this both as a matter of principle but also very fundamentally – As a matter of principle, WE would like to know what is the ‘One China Policy’. Fundamentally? The decision was made for us voters, right?
    4. in respect to international law – Did we read the entire law book or just a few pages? The EU report says different.
    5. China is providing its assistance to Dominica with absolutely no preconditions – really? Then tell us the post conditions.
    6. fruits which benefited both the people of China and Dominica – My point. If there are no pre conditions, how did it benefit the people of China? Then, it must be a long term investment. So what are the post conditions?
    7..He said China’s economic assistance to…

  7. March 21, 2019

    Everyone on Earth knows that “One China” is a fiction. Taiwan has been independent in all but name for longer than most people have been alive.

  8. Braindamage
    March 20, 2019

    Skerrit has been hiding the secrets of the MOU as his for the past 15 years and the rest of Dominicans, “Is not your dam business” Well, it will be our dam business at the poles.

  9. marcus
    March 20, 2019

    There is a price to pay for everything, when you think it’s peace and safety sudden destruction.The unknown is dangerous for the people of Dominica, I can only say the Chinese have long term plans and all those who put DA in the trap will leave

  10. Winston Smith
    March 20, 2019

    Self determination was the force behind Dominica’s independence from Britain. Self determination for Taiwan and Tibet should be supported, not dismissed for cash. How would Dominica have felt if the world had denounced our country’s self determination and drive for independence in exchange for payment ? To quote the rule of international law in relation to a people’s right to self determination is folly and obtuse. This running around the world selling your soul for money may well be a good way for a country to develop economically, but it does nothing for morality, and it creates a hand-out mentality among the population and sets a premise for our younger generation that this country is unable to stand on its own two feet. In other words, our self determination and independence have become meaningless in this context. We survive on handouts and we don’t care how we do it.

  11. Ibo France
    March 20, 2019

    A man is known by the company he keeps. Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are. The problem with the PM is that he seems to be mesmerized by the most hardened dictators around the globe. No dictator gives something for nothing there are always strings attached. China and Russia use their armed forces to suppress any signs of an uprising. Baby Putin (Skerrit) does the same in Dominica. The man is infatuated with dictators and totalitarian rule.

    • Man bites dogs
      March 21, 2019

      @ lbo France, You should always think first talk after “A man is known by the company he keeps” you should try telling that to your friend booboo man Linton, companies he keeps such as a person who uses unlawful violence in the pursuit of political aims. Associating with terrorist organisation in North Africa to collect funds, those are some of the things you should be ashamed of and writing about Mr lbo France, have a good day…. God bless Dominica 🇩🇲

      • Me
        March 21, 2019

        You’re clearly not doing your own research, just listening to Kairi clowns..

  12. "Go to Hell"
    March 20, 2019

    So is from that ‘One China’ policy Skerrit got that “One Man” government he has been running here the last 15 yrs? To Hell with that one China and go to deep HELL with that one man government Skerrit running here. I cannot believe that’s the man I voted for and supported for 15 yrs. Boy let me quote Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit before people say I need to watch my language “Go to hell”, “go to hell”! “It’s not your damn business” You EVIL and WICKED servant of Satan. Why you did not give birth to your children in the ONE CHINA you pushing down the throats of the poor people of Dominica?

  13. Rotten Teeth
    March 20, 2019

    “One China” but a divided Dominica. When Skerrit became PM he met ONE DOMINICA but today he so badly divided us that I don’t even know how many Dominicas we have. I sure not part of the Dominica Skerrit is talking about because my type of Dominica is one of honesty, love, hard-working, progressive and so on. The Dominica of Skerrit is the opposite. I hate the Dominica of Skerrit because it’s one that causes infection with rotten teeth

  14. iprotest
    March 20, 2019

    This is just words…. I guess non interference is the reason why we don’t have a hospital yet……15 years after the MOU was signed.
    De legacy of that relationship is an open book.
    And there’s nothing to shout and praise about.

  15. March 20, 2019

    Dominicans with any understanding of geopolitics can’t accept China’s promise never to interfere in Dominica’s internal affairs. The truth is Dominica’s internal affairs has already been interfered and influenced by China. One can safely conclude that the statement made by the ambassador of China was made to allay the fears od Dominicans. There is an old adage that birds of a feather flock together; the present administration has made and continue to make promises that are never kept. Later this week the US President will be meeting with 5 Caribbean leaders. As part of their agenda they will discuss working with countries in the region to strengthen security cooperation and counter China’s predatory economic practice. Is Dominica going to cooperate with the region and the US when China is the target? Someone should explain to the citizenry. Dominicans have been kept in the dark for too long. Wake up people.

  16. Neville
    March 20, 2019

    Speak for yourself, Skerrit. Show us the MOU…

  17. Bwa-Banday
    March 20, 2019

    Boy Skerrit not easy eh. He could not meet with Lisa Wadel (Antalem Global- Russ University CEO) to save Possie from the disaster it has become but he quick to sign “One China Policy”. He actually found time to be there physically when Francine could have done that. Dca, Dca, Dca, oh how long shall you remain in this abusive relationship with the mad man from Vielle Casse? You are weeping because of pain inflicted on your children but hold strong for everything MUST eventually come to an end.

  18. Channel 1
    March 20, 2019

    “He said China’s economic assistance to Dominica is free and without any political conditions.”

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: …………. who do these people think they are fooling? Free? Free what?

    Economic assistance without any political conditions the Chinese Ambassador say? So if Dominica were to break diplomatic ties with China and reestablish ties with say ummmmmmm……(hmmmm)…. Taiwan, would these economic assistance from the Chinese continue since there are no political conditions attach to them?

    Dem fellas must think all Dominicans are as dotish as those sycophants and minions of Skerrit eh.

    NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS TRULY FREE on this planet. NOTHING!!!!! There is always a cost somewhere in some form.

  19. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 20, 2019

    Indeed he recommits to remain a puppet of the the China government!

    The one China policy means, we will dangle our most pink Elephant in your face; uses your country to dump our inferior products: when you borrow our money, to waste in your country, on any so called project we demand the work must be done by China man imported to do the work.

    They arrive in your country, bringing along with all the food they eat, they spend no money your grocery shops, or supermarkets.

    We are mandated to bring pigs out of China, bread them and eat avoiding spend any cash in your country.

    After we screw up the roads we build; by the time the first shower of rain falls, the inferior Roads are washed away!

    Hence, the cycle of borrowing and repairing continues! 

    The re-commitment means when a China man say to Roosevelt “jump”  that little puppet boy Roosevelt responds by asking “sir, how high do you demand that I jump?”

    Is Dominica independent?

  20. LifeandDeath
    March 20, 2019

    Skerrit is a JOke!!..See the state of our Agriculture (declining exports) and he says every Industry has benefited directly!!

    Now, with all that “benefit”, why are Dominicans poorer?..Wouldn’t it be nice if Skerrit had named at least one project or area of Direct benefit from the Chinese, even if is the Friendship Bridge in Roseau..
    The truth is the Chinese never give anything for free. Skerrit should know by now that there is no free Lunch.

    I’m sure Skerrit has personally benefited big time from this Chinese alliance..

  21. %
    March 20, 2019

    Skerrit you have been well known for your LIES ..Unless I see the MOU you signed with China,I am afraid you were hoodwinked together with buffoon Austrie, and my country could be in a lot of trouble down the road .How can a man who cannot debate negotiate a good deal for his country??Skerrit’s weakness has been on display for the world to see Lapseng, Madueke, Ali Reza Zibahalat Monfared.Get out/off my computer screen man!!!!
    Your lazy waste of time!!!
    Lintonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  22. %
    March 20, 2019

    Skerrit you have been well known for your LIES ..Unless I see the MOU you signed with China,I am afraid you were H
    hoodwinked together with buffoon Austrie, and my country could be in a lot of trouble down the road .How can a man who cannot debate negotiate a good deal for his country??Skerrit’s weakness has been on display for the world to see Lapseng, Madueke, Ali Reza Zibahalat Monfared.Get out/off my computer screen man!!!!
    Your lazy waste of time!!!
    Lintonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

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