Why China supports road rehabilitation

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Wang Zonglai

Chinese ambassador Wang Zonglai has been explaining why China was willing to pump funds into rehabilitating Dominica’s West Coast Road, now known as the Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway.

“Communications and transportation is also a leading aspect in China’s foreign aid, in the attempt to pave the road to prosperity for developing countries through improved infrastructure,” the ambassador told Friday’s road Completion ceremony at Mahaut.

He said there were examples of that kind of support in Africa and other countries.

Ambassador Zonglai said since the establishment of diplomatic relations “China has been providing general support to the best of its ability to the economy and social development of Dominica”.

He said that was being done “without any political pre-conditions, and by no means in pursuit of so-called paybacks”.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit reiterated at the function that Dominica continues to fully support Beijing’s One China’s policy.

He described the $100 million rehabilitated West Coast road as a fitting tribute to Dominica/China relations, and praised Chinese contractor China Railway 17, which undertook the project, for doing an “excellent job”.

Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of DominicaNewsOnline.com/Duravision Inc. All comments are approved by DominicaNewsOnline.com before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-topic

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. April 14, 2015

    The dragon :twisted: is drooling over the Caribbean.

    What it sees in Dominica is a land of untapped potential. Among other things there is the possibility of a tourist industry that would be the envy of the Caribbean. All it needs is people with the money to develop it. If I were a Dominican I would shiver every time I saw China even glancing in our direction.

    On other islands where the potential has already been developed the danger is even greater.

    How can anybody trust a nation that once bound up the feet of the little girls so they wouldn’t grow because the old men thought small feet were sexy?

    A nation that fell victim to the opium trade?

    A nation taken captive by communism?

    A nation infamous for its human rights violations?

    A nation where the communist government has tried to crush freedom of worship, and is ordaining its own Roman Catholic bishops contrary to Canon Law and the directives of he Vatican?

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

  2. John
    August 20, 2013

    People of Dominica you are going to go to sleep one night and wake up next day and China will be building a Navy Base at Portsmouth after they give Skerro some more money to put in his foreign bank account.

  3. John
    August 20, 2013

    An automobile tunnel can be constructed under the runway extension into the Atlantic. The runway stops at the road it should go over the road into the Atlantic that would add at least 500 feet. Why didn’t they think of that when they did the millions of dollar extension? If they hade done that the runway would be over 6,000 feet now long enough for a 737 jet.

  4. John
    August 20, 2013

    If you look at the topography of the area around Melville Hall the runway could be extended into the Atlantic by leveling the mountain on the East end of the runway and the runway could be extended that direction too all the earth from the mountain can be dumped in the Atlantic side of the runway to extend the runway. Explosives can be used. The runway needs to be at least 7,000 it is now almost 5,000ft 2,000ft more should not be a problem.

  5. Francisco Telemaque
    April 23, 2012

    He said that was being done “without any political pre-conditions, and by no means in pursuit of so-called paybacks”.(Wang).

    Well, Wang knows that all he stated above is a lie; the only way that such statement would be true, is if the Chines government have abandoned their ” One Chine Policy, ” which they have imposed on every nation, and island country which they are holding for ransom.

    In some African countries they spend billions in industries, which the return on their investments are huge.

    In the Caribbean, and places such as Dominica, they give you a stadium, and some asphalts on the ground, and consider that development.

    How come they do not invest in any significant industries which could employ people into modern skills, and professions, rather what we get from them a mum and pap stores, which could be owned and operated by locals.

    Perhaps Wang should explain why is it they do not employ a local workforce; why is it they import their workforce including laborers from China to excavate soil and spread Asphalt on the road!

    Perhaps he can explain why is that the Chines grow their own pigs, and the food they eat in Dominica, rather than buying produce from the local market.

    Condemned your ” One China Policy ” publicly Wang and I might believe your brain washing lies!

    The political pre-condition Wang, is the signing of your governments ” One China Policy,” that is your main political pre-condition, and you know that to be the truth.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 23, 2012

      ” One Chine Policy, ” (FET).

      The quote above should read ” The One China Principal, ” which in definition is a demand for complete loyalty to the communist government of China, by the governments of Africa, and the islands of the Caribbean to which they give an handout.

      If that demand is not pre-political conditions, I don’t know what is; perhaps that means Wang is also invisible!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Lawson
      April 24, 2012

      You stupid guy! Taiwan is a country? Is Mahaut a country? Is Scotts Head a country? Haha!

      • avernelle fagg
        April 16, 2020


  6. International Airpor
    April 23, 2012

    Build Dominica an International Airport so we can have a runway length of 10,000 ft withe a state of the art terminal. Ask the chinese for Chinese built turobprops like the MA600 & MA700 so we can have our own airline Air Dominica. Dominica next level is backwords because mighty American Eagle is leaving 2013 so back to ole LIAT. Dominica start with LIAT decades ans made no progress in air access, just patwork here and there. When PM Skerrit has Boeing 747 landing here in Dominica I will give him his kudos but he has not earned it yet.

    • Fairplay
      April 23, 2012

      We need to get rid of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority ECCAA. It is a hindrance to Dominica’s progress in Civil Aviation matters. :?:

    • April 25, 2012

      I’m not leaving the safety of LIAT for a chinese plane, haven’t you heard of all them crashes in Asia? however, I support the International Airport issue with reputable Airlines like LIAT,JetBlue, Virgin, British Airways ,AA etc to operate.

  7. ever
    April 23, 2012

    forward we go with any one who wants to help our countery our aim is improvement for our countery and thats it stop being negetive people lets stand for improvement

    • Mujahardin
      April 24, 2012

      At what cost? are you so naive to believe that China is not getting more out the relationship than what it is giving to Dominica? Have you read what the Chinese are doing in Tibet and Africa? Please inform yourself so that you don’t sound so childish and simple. China has more poverty than Dominica can ever dream to have. China is just setting up the way for their people to take over Dominica. Please wake up and smell the Coffee. Are you aware of the fact that to date the Chinese have caused over 50 of our small businesses to close down and on King George the 5th Street alone in Roseau there are over 21 chinese businesses. HEY!!! THERE ARE NO FREE LUNCHES. Over 800 million chinese live in abject poverty, they are simply using us to make a better way for their own people. Aren’t you concern about the future of your Children in Dominica? PLEASE DON’T SOUND SO GULLIBLE, PLEASE WISE UP BEFORE IT IS TO LATE, BECAUSE IF YOU LIVE TO SEE I KNOW YOU TOO WILL REGRET THAT DOMINICA EVER WENT INTO RELATIONS WITH CHINA. DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TIBET, THEN EXPLAIN TO US WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN HERE AS WELL. I KNOW, SKERRIT IS GOD SO ALL WILL BE WELL. HA HA HA.

      • The Saint Child
        April 24, 2012

        You are right. China is setting up infrastructure to move their people, weapons, artillery, machinery in Dominica. They are laying access to our country. We need to get those people out of our country immediately!!

  8. CC
    April 23, 2012

    I think the majority of Dominicans are grateful for what china is doing for us; however the concern I feel most Dominicans have is what price do we have to pay for receiving all these gifts? I am a strong believer that someone doesn’t give you free gifts, without expecting some sort of payback in return.

  9. Rule
    April 23, 2012

    The PM is reiterating the ONE CHINA POLICY, but fails to acknowledge the existence of a pre-condition in the clause. We know his degree is in Psychology, but we can’t be fooled. China gives nothing for nothing.

    • CIA on the watch
      April 23, 2012

      It would be good for feature reference to hold this statement by the PM and the Ambassador in the archives, Hon PM you seem to be blinded folded and politically immature, there is no free lunch in this global political environment, you may not see it now but the road ahead is a long one. God bless

    • labourite at heart
      April 23, 2012

      how u all so bias? so what? is china the first country that we have agreements with? There are so many countries that dominica has relationships with, os tell me are all of them looking for something in return?
      all the countries we had relationship before the labout party got into powere, did they get anything in return?
      stop playing politics! is it because skerro is doing so well u all jealous? development will continue right before you all faces! beeeeeeeeh!

      • Rule
        April 23, 2012

        @ Laborite at Heart. You need a simple lesson in composition and sentence structure.

      • labourite at heart
        April 23, 2012

        rule beeeeeeeeeeeeh!

  10. Malatete.
    April 23, 2012

    What about TIBET? We, who are so poud of our independence should deny the right of self-determination to other people because we receive goodies from ther masters? TIBET does not belong to China.

  11. simple mind
    April 23, 2012

    Is’nt the “one China policy a political pre-condition”?take note that all our brains are not rectumized.

    • Roz
      April 23, 2012

      Rectumized…brilliant! :lol:

    • Not a herd follower
      April 23, 2012

      The obervance of the One-China policy is indeed a political condition. You got it right.

  12. Anonymous
    April 23, 2012

    “One-china policy!” what does that mean? Does it mean we can no longer have relations with Taiwan and recognize it, as most other countries do expect china, as a sovereign democratic state? And why do they always say that we should be “thankful” for china when what they are giving us are not gifts but loans that must be repaid with “interest?” I have absolutely no idea whats is going on in my own country. The projects undertaken, however, are important, but the conditions in the agreement between the two countries are still obscure to me, as it is for a great many other people. I just hope that the “intentions” of china are not more than economic ties, and not a political technique they are using to put countries in a big debt so as to coerces them to achieve there goal of claiming Taiwan as their own country and not being democratically independent. (There is always two reasons for something: one, a good reason, and two, the real reason.)

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 23, 2012

      I corrected that!

      They have what they term their ” One China Principal, or One Policy.”

      What that entails are any poor nation such as Dominica who wish to get a handout from them must pledge complete loyalty to China’s communist government. That is one of the reasons Taiwan is out of Dominica, and China is in our face:

      Once they the Chines government gets a foot into a country they insist that they must me number one, or no deal!

      On the other hand China will eventually invade, and annex Taiwan; if not in the interim, sometime in the very near future; when that is accomplished, China expect small poor nations as ours to support them in this wicked act of oppression against Taiwan, and within the United Nations.

      Anybody in Dominica; public official, or otherwise who believe the Chines government is doing something for us for nothing, or because they love Dominica, and our people, needs to seriously examine their heads!

      And whereas the Chines believe they can fool some Dominicans, they need to know that many of us understands how they operate.

      Their oppression of the people of Tibet, and their actions on that day in Thiamin Square in China, when they ran over hundreds, if not thousands of students who were demonstrating for their human rights, killing them under the tracks of military Tanks, still resonate around the world.

      Charity begins at home, if you are brutal to your own people, how much worst will treat those who does not look like you?

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • April 14, 2015


        This was posted three years ago and I just discovered it. I am going to comment now anyway because I am quite sure China has not changed its devilish tactics and many people are as blind as ever in this regard. Many people read old postings especially if they are researching a subject.

        You have excellent insight into the situation. Thank you for having the courage to share with DNO readers. When a government takes a position it is what they think is best for them at the time. But there are none as blind as those who do not want to see. Unless the Government of Dominica does what is right there will be difficult times for the country in the future.

        I am writing this because (a) our faith community is represented throughout the Caribbean, and my ministry has an interest in a number of the island nations where I have conducted gospel crusades including Jamaica.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  13. Anonymous
    April 23, 2012

    “one-china policy!” what does that mean? Does it mean we can no longer have relations with Taiwan and recognize it, as most other countries do expect china, as a sovereign democratic state? And why do they always say that we should be “thankful” for china when what they are giving us is not gifts but loans that must be paid back with interest? I have absolutely no idea whats is going on in my own country. The projects undertaken, however, are important, but the conditions in the agreement between the two countries are still obscure to me, as it is for a great many other people.

  14. Open eyes
    April 23, 2012

    I think that the vast majority of Dominicans are grateful – silent though they may be. China was not too long ago a developing country so they know the difficulties we face, especially when our population and therefore our economy is this small. Forward we go to deal with whatever is the next challenge.

    • Not a herd follower
      April 23, 2012

      China is still a developing country but, in the lexicon of international development, an ”emerging” economy

    • April 14, 2015

      Obviously the majority of Dominicans agree with you. Your nation will suffer the consequences unless it wakes up.

      China does not care nor does it give a (excuse me) %#@& what you are facing as a developing nation. They know his makes you easy to exploit and they will take advantage of it. They are a communist nation. Their past is the best indicator of their future.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available