PM to meet Chinese President

China's President Xi Jinping
China’s President Xi Jinping

Dominica News Online has been reliably informed that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will be among Caribbean leaders set to meet the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, who will be arriving in Trinidad on Friday evening.

Although there has been no official statement from the government, a source revealed that at least eight heads of government, including Skerrit, will be meeting with Xi.

The Trinidad government said Xi will meet with a collection of Caribbean leaders on Sunday, but only those whose countries have diplomatic relations with Beijing.

According to reports the Prime Ministers of Belize (Dean Barrow), St Vincent and the Grenadines (Dr Ralph Gonsalves), St Lucia (Dr Kenny Anthony) and St Kitts and Nevis (Dr Denzil Douglas) will not be at the meeting because they continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan,  deemed by Beijing as a “renegade province” of China.

The CARICOM Secretariat is not involved in the arrangements for the meeting to be held in Port of Spain, unlike the just-ended official visit by United States Vice-President Joe Biden to Trinidad and Tobago.

Skerrit did not attend that meeting and Dominica was represented by Agriculture Minister, Matthew Walter.

According to the Trinidad Express, China “is said to be keen in encouraging support for this region’s involvement in plans by the BRIC bloc of countries for establishment of a new financial institution to boost economic development outside of the roles being played by, for instance, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.”

BRIC is a grouping acronym that refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Xi will be in Trinidad for three days and this will be the first visit to the Caribbean by a Chinese president.

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50 Comments

  1. Rule
    June 3, 2013

    This PM has aligned himself with nothing but dictatorship and communist countries. China is the number one country in the world for human rights violation.

  2. Pedro
    June 2, 2013

    Are we prepared to give up our Western style, Democratic Government for a Central autocratic Government who control our lives from a Palace.

  3. Frabo
    June 1, 2013

    If you deal with China on that level, then you are a COMMUNIST.

  4. Frabo
    June 1, 2013

    A person’s intentions are written all over their face. Thake a good look at Skecro face, and tell me what you see.

  5. stehen
    June 1, 2013

    we need a revolution in DOMINICA

  6. Voice_Of_The_Poor
    June 1, 2013

    I didn’t vote u for that! Who tell mister is china we want ties with, we want ties with America cause that is where we getting our remittance.
    America is where all our people run to for a better life, but what happen to mister.

  7. Morihei Ueshiba
    June 1, 2013

    America #1, America #1, Long live President Obama and the good American people where 90% of our people live sending remittances to keep up the male paw paw tree Govt of Dominica economy.
    I can never live in China, Cuba & Venezuela, communists countries suck. :mrgreen:

  8. lando
    June 1, 2013

    gassa ask de man fo de airpoart.. we last in de race

  9. Don't Edit
    May 31, 2013

    beg for money caribbean ministers

  10. Pedro
    May 31, 2013

    Dominicans leaving in the US, those who depend on the American Tourist, and the US Medical School must take note of our Government treatment of the US Government.

    • Lougaoo Mem
      June 1, 2013

      Pedro,
      The State Dept. has been taking notes, believe me.

    • Doc Love
      June 1, 2013

      Pedro, you are more then right,110 percent.

    • Frabo
      June 3, 2013

      Close down ROSS MEDICAL School, because the PM keeps ignoring America. What a joker!!!

  11. Anonymous
    May 31, 2013

    Who you meet you well meet Skero that not my damn business. This country is frustrating. I really cant be bothered about any thumbs down this time around because those clicking are just wearing their ignorance as a badge of honor!!!!!!!!

  12. marion
    May 31, 2013

    i think dno should interview water abd ask him if he was in the room with biden

  13. T
    May 31, 2013

    Who cares where the Chinese president visits, or who meets with him. Does that bring food on my table?

    • Frabo
      June 3, 2013

      You hungry now that Chavez dead? go and work nuh!!

  14. Annica Alethea
    May 31, 2013

    P.M. going senile? Read below and look at Chinese taking over.
    Prime Minister Roosevelt has raised concerns about the manner in which contractors are selected to undertake community based projects around the island.

    Mr Skerrit told the launching of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) seventh programme here, earlier this week that the process needs to be reviewed.

    He said he wanted to raise the issue publicly as it has to do with empowering community based local contractors

    “It defeats the purpose if a resource center is being constructed in Capuchin for somebody from Scotts head to be the contractor, bringing all these men to the community and the unemployed youth in Capuchin are simply watching on,” he said.

    The Prime Minister said this move will not encourage the youth to take ownership of the project and help in its maintenance.

    “In cases where you require basic maintenance to be done they will not offer their services and we will have a counter effect of the Basic Needs Trust Fund, so I am hoping that this will fall on fertile ears,” he added.

    On Wednesday, 29th May, Dominica received an allocation of US$3.9 million from BNTF to fund projects geared at poverty alleviation.

    The projects will focus on three core sectors; education and human resource development, water and sanitation and community access and drainage.

    Based on a Poverty Reduction Action Plan (PRAP), the funds will be targeted toward poor areas of the country, with the poorest areas receiving the most attention.

    Dominica benefitted from a total of ninety-four sub projects under the BNTF 5th program at the end of 2012.

    The BNTF Programme is a regional grant programme for poverty reduction infrastructure and livelihood enhancement services. Over it’s over 30 years of existence, the programme has disbursed over EC$ 509 million regionally to ten countries, including Dominica.

    • Doc Love
      June 1, 2013

      Youths 2000, dont be fooled. Elections are just around the corner.

  15. red rat
    May 31, 2013

    mr PM you doe trust the US,because the government in power in the US is BLUE”and you rolling with RED,china have your back,not obama.you going to be their persident in Dominica soon.

  16. %
    May 31, 2013

    Who cares who the PM has to meet with? With China in Dominica, thousands of Dominicans are plenty worse of than they have ever been at any stage of their lives. This incompetent PM is creating employment for the Chinese people at the expense of locals.In other words it’s like “Go to Hell” Go to Hell” Go to Hell” to Dominicans. It’s time that the electorate dump this lazy, incompetent and greedy sets of leaders.

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      I presume you know something about percentages, hence your chosen sobriquet. Can you please calculate what percentage of seats were won by this labour government at each of the past 3 elections? And then, through this very medium, please tell those who had a hand in voting for them why they should give a flying bumblebee what you disgruntled, recalcitrant, “patriots” think.

      • %
        June 2, 2013

        @Anonymous… Yes block headed fool. Make the statistics, and I will calculate it for you with supreme precision. What you need to be mindful about presently though, is that these bunch of greedy ,lazy ,incompetent and corrupt leaders is a far cry from the men and women of earlier labour parties. THIS IS NOT A LABOUR PARTY. I HATE THEIR GOVERNANCE! Are you getting from their crumbs? Well most people do not. Finally you must tell them, I MEAN THE CABAL that Dominicans need work more than Chinese.

      • Malatete
        June 2, 2013

        Dr. I would be more interested in the percentage of voters as a true representation of the people’s sentiments. In the Westminster system we use it is all too easy for a large proportion of the populace not to be represented at all. The 85.7 % seat allocation to the DLP does not reflect the spread of actual number of votes cast. You and I know that some seats are very marginal and that is why right now moves are being made to shore up support by replacing lacklustre parl reps with candidates of a more firebrand type in those constituencies, in time for the election in order to maintain the status quo, if not to ensure a total on-party house of representatives.
        That would be a pity. In politics, like in business it is healthy to have competition for the benefit of the electorate i.e. the consumers.

        .

    • Lougaoo Mem
      June 1, 2013

      Thank You Sir!
      You’ve gotten it right directly from the gospel of truth. Too bad it’s only the cared and concerned who can see and get it.
      Thanks, and avoid drinks from the red mug.

  17. Doc Love
    May 31, 2013

    “Establishment of a new financial institution to boost economic development outside of the role being played , for instance,the world bank and international moneytary fund.”I hope DNO is reporting that news item correctly,because I would like to know what is China,s interest in setting up a new financial institution which I understood has the same intensions as ALBA. Dominica is a member of ALBA and has been talking about the establishment of an ALBA bank. I hope Mr. Biden reads this news item about Skerrit’s trip to meet with Jinping, so that he will know who are his friends and who are his foes.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2013

      BRICS means Brazil, India, China and South Africa…DNO please get the acronym right.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2013

      Why can’t you just keep your ignorant mouth shut for a while Doc Love and allow your brains some time to fully develop??????

    • Kaka Bouwik
      May 31, 2013

      DocLove, sakway kabwit.Do you know the great USA has maintained diplomatic and trade ties with communist China since the 1970’s? Do you also know chinese companies are buying food production companies in the USA? Do you think chinese products are only in D/ca.Do you even read or listen to news? I guess not.

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      What part of 18 – 3 did you not get? That was the mandate given to the Labour Government to conduct our affairs. Now buzz off!!!

  18. Wide Awake Dominican
    May 31, 2013

    Mr PM did you refrain from going to the meeting in Trinidad with the vice president of the US because you had meeting with Hartley Henry in the east this week. hhhmmmmm So are you saying Hartley Henry is more important than You representing your country in Trinidad. SO what did the questionnaire on each constituency reveal? We need some answers Mr PM this Country is ours.

    • May 31, 2013

      What? we are still waiting for him to tell us about the MOU he signed with Chinese good luck .

  19. Wide Awake Dominican
    May 31, 2013

    But Mathew Walters NEVER represented Dominica. When he andhis delegations arrived they were not allowed to enter. He was told thats he is NOT Roosevelt Skerrit and its Roosevelts Skerrits name that is there to represent Dominica sohe and his delegations had to return to their hotel rooms. What an embarrasement

    • Hmmmmm
      June 1, 2013

      This is totally untrue…. be informed prior to making useless unfounded statements!! All he had to do was to present his credentials. It feels good stating the negative right??… You people!!!

      • Malgraysa
        June 1, 2013

        You mean Mathew Walters has credentials?? He may have a credit card, if he is lucky.

    • Anonymous
      June 2, 2013

      @ WIDE AWAKE DOMINICAN, when you guys tell such blatant lies, it simply proves how desperate you all really are. So much for your patriotism!!
      What a shame! Trying to make mileage out of LIES!!

  20. none
    May 31, 2013

    Oops are we behind on loan payments mr. President?

  21. Skerro - all 21 seat
    May 31, 2013

    Mathew finally got a trip…..good for him!

  22. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 31, 2013

    Dear Mr. Prime Minister, in light of your upcoming meeting with the Chinese leader, please beg for some funding to assist with the construction of a jet airport.
    Thanks.

  23. Joeble
    May 31, 2013

    Why Zingping couldn’t come closer to Independence..?

  24. Candominican
    May 31, 2013

    i throw my sacastic support behind Roosevelt to snob vice president. Roosevelt needs a diplomatic diet, so does dominica

  25. Malgraysa
    May 31, 2013

    After that the President of China will go to Washington for two days for talks with President Obama (seriously). You think they will talk about Skerrit?

  26. De W
    May 31, 2013

    Protocol must be establish with the people on matters like this. It is only fair that the public be informed on the PM’s intention to meet with the Chinese President.
    It is also ironic that we (the public) were made aware that Mathhew walters would be made head of delegation duridng the visit of the US vice president last week to tnt and the PMs noticeable absence.strange things keep happening. strange.

    • lolz
      May 31, 2013

      is it really that strange that the PM doh like the US?

      • Dominiquen
        May 31, 2013

        The US helped to kill our Banana Industry. :?:

      • Malgraysa
        May 31, 2013

        Isn’t that the country where he obtained his university degree??

  27. bigmack
    May 31, 2013

    send matthew walters

    • John Paul
      May 31, 2013

      NO ! Send Ian Douglas o Reginald Austrie

  28. jahcure
    May 31, 2013

    pm to meet us vice presiident

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