ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the One China policy as Dominica observed the sixth anniversary of diplomatic relations with China.
“Six years ago…I embarked on a mission towards the establishment of relations between Dominica and China and terminated the relations between Dominica and Taiwan after 21 years,” Skerrit told a ceremony on Tuesday night, describing the decision to break relations with Taipei which Beijing considers a renegade province as “a major step”.
“I will say to you that this government and the entire country has no regret for taking that bold but important decision in recognizing the One China policy,” he said.
Skerrit said that Dominica remains “absolutely committed and unwavering in its commitment” in recognizing the One China policy.
“We believe in Dominica and this government believes that it is the right decision, not only for Dominica but the entire world,” Skerrit said, noting that the entire world needed to take a closer look at the People’s Republic of China.
“We all know that China is a member of the UN Security Council…with veto power and I believe that if the entire world population and particularly those who often times make some quick decisions on behalf of the rest of the world were to listen a little more to China we would not be seeing ourselves engaging in wars with no end, but would see a promotion of peace and prosperity for the world’s people.
“I say so because China has provided reasonable leadership at the UN Security Council on many and several issues confronting the world and with respect to Dominica-China relations we have strengthened, deepened …over the last six years”.
Skerrit said that the relationship has allowed Dominica to improve its human resource base to the point that six years later, Dominicans serve as official translators on official trips by government ministers to Beijing.
The Chinese Embassy here confirmed that a Chinese contractor has already visited here ahead of plans to construct the Dominica State College.
Beijing is providing a concessionary loan to Dominica for the project and has also provided scholarships for locals to study in China.
In addition, it has funded the construction of a sports stadium, a new wing of the Dominica Grammar School and the construction of a road spanning the entire west coast of the island.
The Chinese have also promised to start construction “soon” on a new hospital.