Foreign Affairs Minister, Francine Baron, has expressed the government’s support for the peaceful reunification of China.
Chinese reunification refers to the political unification of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) into a single sovereign state.
“We continue to stand firm with the People’s Republic of China, and continue to urge for the peaceful reunification of China,” Baron said, at a ceremony held for the presentation of a $177,000-computer lab, by the Chinese Embassy, at the Newtown Primary School, on Friday.
For more than six decades, the Chinese government has unsuccessfully attempted to recover Taiwan, after the separation of the two entities in 1949.
In November 2015, a historic meeting occurred between Chinese President, Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, of Taiwan, marking a significant milestone in the forging of peace across the Straits, since the split in 1949.
Meanwhile, Baron highlighted the generosity of the Chinese government, in aiding Dominica’s development efforts.
“China, like us, have their own challenges, but, notwithstanding those challenges, they reach out to Dominica, and many other countries around the world, helping us with addressing our development challenges,” she remarked.
In 2015, the Chinese government provided a grant aid of US $300,000 within 72 hours of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, and made another US$ 200,000 available a few weeks later.
Additionally, the Chinese government has provided financial and human resources for several of Dominica’s development projects, including the newly- upgraded Newtown Primary School, the Roseau Valley Bridge Project, and the New Hospital Project.
Dominica and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in 2004, whereby the Dominican government has adhered to the One-China Policy.