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”.