No corruption discussions in China Linton says

 

Linton spoke at a press conference on Tuesday

Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton has made it clear that his party held no discussion or dialogue on alleged corruption in Dominica with any Chinese official during a recent trip to China.

He spoke at a press conference on Tuesday.

Linton headed a seven-member UWP delegation to Beijing at the invitation of the Communist Party of China where they spent 10 days.

“We did not focus at all on the Dominica situation..,” he stressed. “Regarding China on this trip, we had absolutely no discussions, no dialogue at all with any official in China about corruption in Dominica.”

He stated the China trip was not to discuss such matters.

“That is not what we went there for but there will be a time and place in the future for those kinds of engagements if the government does not desist from the practices that it is now engaged in,” he stated.

According to Linton, the UWP team did not believe that during the trip, “it was our business to get involved in those aspects of government because there were more important things for us to do in terms of establishing a relationship.”

Lennox stated further that his party did not wash any “dirty linen” of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in Beijing.

“We did not do that,” he remarked.

However, at the press conference, Linton called on the DLP to issue a statement on China’s anti-corruption campaign.

“We also call on the ruling Dominica Labour Party to issue an unequivocal statement in the support of China’s comprehensive anti-corruption campaign as an example of the seriousness with which governments around the world must act to prevent state resources from being plundered for private gain,” he noted.

Linton said the UWP team engaged the ruling party and government officials in China on a number of matters of mutual development interest.

Among them are China-Caribbean relations, innovation driven development, education and training, sports and youth development, elderly care, renewable energy utilization and ICT and light manufacturing opportunities.

He also said the trip to China was not done to send a signal to any leader or political party.

“Nor was this an initiative to involve the parliamentary opposition in state to state matter normally handled by a sitting government,” Linton noted. “The objective was to explore opportunities for strengthening party capability for 1) better oversight of government and better representation of people while in opposition and 2) visionary, caring, competent, corruption-free leadership when the United Workers Party becomes government.”

He said the UWP looks forward to working with the ruling Communist Party of China in building better governance capacity to serve the people “who are the masters of their own fate.”

He thanked China’s ambassador to Dominica Lu Kun and his staff for the arrangement made for the trip.

The UWP team to China comprised of Lennox Linton, Ezekiel Bazil, Joshua Francis, Hector John, Danny Lugay, Felix Thomas and former UN Ambassador Crispin Gregoire.

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46 Comments

  1. KIP
    August 23, 2017

    Too many robots and dinosaurs in Dominica politics today.Not one is fighting for Dominica. China knows what it want Do we know what we want..

  2. Titiwi
    August 23, 2017

    Verbatim quotes by Lennox Linton, stated at his party’s press conference on 1 April, 2014 – more than three years ago!:

    “contrary to what has been suggested to end diplomatic relations with China, we will continue those relations”

    “and it is our pledge, our commitment that under the UWP Team Dominica government the people of Dominica will see greater benefits from the relationship between the Peoples Republic of China and the Commonwealth of Dominica”.

    See DNO of 2 April, 2014 under the heading: “UWP Reiterates China Position”

    You don’t have to be supporter of Mr. Linton or his party to agree that these statements are a matter of fact and on the public record.

    It is a great pity that other news media, in a country that is supposed to be free, choose not to publish such items, thus keeping their listeners/readers in the dark and limit their options to form their own, independent opinions

  3. August 23, 2017

    As an observer, I usually take everything you say with a whole spoon of salt. This time it will be no different.

    • Me
      August 23, 2017

      Go and see Skerrit’s partner, the Baroness, she will oblige you with a whole packet of salt. Happy licking!

  4. August 23, 2017

    You all over reporting Skerrit, sending countless letters to Europe, America and maybe the penguins in Antarctica too, but you go to Skerrit friends in China and you tie your tongue behind your big teeth! What does that say about you?

  5. Helas!
    August 23, 2017

    When people talk about the fact that they are UWPites / DLPites / PAPYites tell you how very little they truly understand. Nothing wrong in supporting a party but defending and attacking others is not really your honorable role to protect Dominica and by extension yourself and children etc.
    Please people history and love of country will require that we are all vigilant, explore and investigate for ourselves less we are made fools over and over again.
    Let us enlighten ourselves and build a better Dominica, that my party nonsense isn’t going to help us. Already that whole system is wrong can’t we see something is wrong , no matter who is in power the ayes always have it. look at other countries , Britain, USA etc and we are missing a branch of parliament.
    Who cares about our constitution? the AG ?? Do not make me laugh
    Who defends our constitution? The Police ?? Is really now I go laugh
    please tell me who , anyone who dares respond especially with their red or blue hatred…

    • Me
      August 23, 2017

      When two dogs fight over a bone the third one walks away and takes it home. China is the third dog.

  6. awa wi
    August 23, 2017

    in other news the prime minister of Dominica returned from where we know not and not a dog bark. at least a press conference was held and ‘reporters’ had the opportunities to ask questions which is totally absent for the ruling administration. tell curtis to ask skeritt where he was? why? etc he cant he has to put his tail between his legs and sit down. the news media in dominica leaves a lot to be desired and have definitely failed the dominican public in asking the vital questions that would keep politicians and political parties in check. the labour party supporters on here also need to understand diplomacy and how the world works and whether they like it or not a message has been sent that china has links to dominica not any political entity as they have been led to believe. now you all can take out your panties in a bunch because of a trip organized by the chinese government(communist party one in the same)

  7. August 23, 2017

    Linton complained to the UN, the President of the US, the Pope, Her Majesty the Queen of England, the Commonwealth Secretary General, major news networks including CNN, and all Caricom Countries about the alleged corrupt practices of the Roosevelt Skerrit Government and his threat to global security. Yet when he visits China he becomes a moo moo on this matter. …

    • Me
      August 23, 2017

      No need for him to mention it. He would not have been invited if the Chinese were not aware of- or concerned about these allegations. Ng Lap Seng is one of their citizens.

    • Waiting on God
      August 23, 2017

      the chinese already know…….If you know Linton well he will inform them just wait and see. Don’t forget the chinese embassador is right here

  8. viewsexpressed
    August 23, 2017

    Well done Hon Linton and team Dominica. welcome back from a very promising and successful trip. You and your Team have Dominica well and well position you sir, as our Prime Mininister and your team as Honourable ministers to serve us the people of Dominica Honourably.

    The corrupt government of Skerrit`s Labour is a big disappointment and they have failed our people.
    We therefore cry out that : Skerrit Must Go, Skerrit Must Go – He and his government are not even fit to run a Youth group, let alone a government. Go Skerrit Go, Go away

  9. free
    August 22, 2017

    Very good Press conference. At least they answered questions. Proud of you guys

    • creed
      August 23, 2017

      U must be a real idiot to believe dat was a good confrence uwp should be ashamed of dat crap

  10. My Little take
    August 22, 2017

    When Curtis Matthew asked about the UWP and the One-China policy, he really revealed how misinformed the local media is and how little they understand diplomacy, politics, and national interests. Curtis, when the DFP established relations with Taiwan both UWP and DLP opposed it and at times criticized it. But when UWP became the government of Dominica, they maybe even benefited from it more than the DFP. Taiwan did not hold that against UWP!
    Since 1972 President Nixon and the US endorsed the One-China policy and all presidents continued with it, until President-elect Trump, in Dec 2016, threatened to do it his way and accepted a call from the president of Taiwan https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-china-idUSKBN1400TY. But after he became president Trump, he had to forget about his ego and had to do what was in the US best interests https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-china-idUSKBN15P0ED. UWP will do what is in DA’s best interest and China will work better with UWP

  11. My Little take
    August 22, 2017

    First, I don’t believe Linton and such a powerful team would have accepted an invitation from the Chinese government and would not discuss corruption. I don’t believe Mr. Linton introduced the subject but it is hard to convince me that it was not discussed. Off course Mr. Linton is wise not to tell Skerrit what the Chinese may have told them. Secondly, think of the timing of that invitation, weeks after Chinese Millionaire and our own diplomat, NG Lap Seng, was convicted of all charges brought against him by the FBI. Thirdly, this is diplomacy time. The NG case took place in the US, where a lot of plea deals took place by persons seen in photos with Mr. Skerrit before Erika. With NG being a Chinese ( maybe spy), and also a Dominican by means of passport, I wouldn’t be surprised the US is working with China to deal with Skerrit and who is the best people to engage than a pro America, pro democracy opposition? No wonder Skerrit attended a funeral with really dark, dark shades.

  12. Rat Trap
    August 22, 2017

    The big difference between Skerrtit”s move to China 13 years ago and Linton”s move to China today is timing. The timing of Skerrit’s move was bold and visionary. He returned home with $3 million worth of projects for Dominica. Linton”s move is so tardy he wants the media to make it retroactive. What benefit has this UWP visit to China achieved for Dominica? The DLP is correct: Leadership is everything.

    • Me
      August 23, 2017

      Rat, you are trapped.

    • Waiting on God
      August 23, 2017

      you tooooooo busy just wait and see what Linton and his team will bring back to China… Linton is NO easy coconut…trust me people like you and skerrit are scared like hellllllllllll.

  13. August 22, 2017

    so why was his statement about the stance china takes on corruption?…..my friend u should try grow up politically ….sturdy them people u deem good and anti-corrupt…listen an learn…#mr.linton

  14. LOL! lol!
    August 22, 2017

    China did not need Linton or anyone to tell them that Skerrit and the dlp are broad day corrupt. Let’s face it, the closest US embassy to Dominica is in Bridgetown, and going back to the leaked cable released by WikiLeaks in 2006, as seen here http://www.thedominican.net/2011/09/wickham-reveals-corruption-details.html, is clear that the US, through their embassy in Barbados knew Skerrit was, is, and will continue to be corrupt. So think about China that has an embassy right here in Dominica. You all think the are here because they are laborites? They paying attention to every move of Skerrit and let’s not forget NG Lap Seng is Chinese and so to is mr. Woo. In fact they probably know more about the very corrupt Skerrit than Linton or any Dominican knows. If anything I guess they in due time will reveal the broad day light corruption of Skerrit and the DLP, because they maybe have a very thick book of information

    • LOL! lol!
      August 22, 2017

      But Linno the ten days in China made you look very good we boy. You even looking a Chinese lol

      • %
        August 22, 2017

        Yeah LLL,Leader Lennox Linton,patriot #1, looks in GREAT SHAPE…KEEPP IT UP PATRIOT.Well I know the Chinese are good listeners.They live among us,and they hear,feel and listen to what these DLP misleaders are doing..They listen to the opposition,the listen to the man on the street.It may well be a developing story…I keep listening.
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!!

  15. The Truth
    August 22, 2017

    Linton I am not convince you are speaking the truth as the real reason of your trip
    It’s just a matter of time
    When the truth will be Revealed

    • August 23, 2017

      Agreed. He went all the way to China and did not mention the man he’s obsessing over? Kind of hard hard to believe.

      • Me
        August 23, 2017

        Cannot give you believe Sylvia, You should see the Bishop for that…or maybe Monseigneur Thomas?

    • Waiting on God
      August 23, 2017

      all did not say nobody knew Linton………….all u afraid now..linton has all u cannot sleep..who laugh last laugh the best…just now all u will see who will go and work on skerrit farm

  16. Expat
    August 22, 2017

    To sum things up, I personally do not believe the objective of the UWP trip to China was met. Initially, the UWP came out blasting the Labour party government in relation to China’s stance on corruption. Looking at Linton’s past behaviour, I am of the opinion that he would have jumped at the opportunity to discredit the Dominica government and the Dominica people but apparently the Chinese were having none of that so he had to back track. My question to Linton and the UWP, what is your stance on the one China policy? Did you notify Taiwan before you went to China? Did you dump Taiwan for China? I expect the champion of transparency to answer these questions. One more question, did you tell the Chinese that they should have free and fair elections in China and that you are not going to respect them until they do so?

    • %
      August 22, 2017

      I think the answer to UWP’s stance on the one China policy to you should be “” Go and read””. This policy was quite succinctly enunciated in 2013. Do you read? . This is stale in 2017.. Go buy a good book to read, because you obviously have NOTHING TO SAY. Has Skerrit had a press conference. Is that of concern to you? Has he made a statement on China’s anti corruption campaign? Is that not of concern to you?
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

    • Just Passing Through
      August 22, 2017

      They could have told them, they did not bring them up there to talk against a country and a Prime Minister they have a genuine friendship and respect for. So whatever they had planned was debunked.

    • Primrosette
      August 23, 2017

      Best post yet. Hooray

  17. Malgraysa
    August 22, 2017

    I hold that the news editor of DBS, Curtis Matthews is an intelligent journalist. He should stop embarrassing himself, as he did at today’s press conference by bringing up that old chestnut again of insinuating duplicity on behalf of the opposition with regard to the one-China concept. One click of the mouse would have brought him to the DNO report of 2 April, 2014 on the press conference held by the UWP on the previous day, 1 April, 2014 when Mr. Linton unequivocally reiterated that his party had no intentions of reverting to diplomatic ties with Taiwan. I am sure that Mr. Matthews does not like to be made out a fool and It would help if his employer would institute equitable and balanced reporting of all news. They had the opportunity to broadcast todays press conference for instance.

    • %
      August 22, 2017

      I listened myself to the press conference.I have a similar comment. Is it a hatred for reading or PURE OUTRIGHT MALICE? I think its the latter.
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

    • Droid
      August 23, 2017

      I agree, that curtis Mathew guy cannot ask skerite any question but he wants to come ask all type of questions that were answerd previously.. Curtis man just wait when your God skerite leaves office… You cannot report all those curruption in government .. u are just a puppet …

  18. Toya
    August 22, 2017

    I concur with Mr. LInton there is a time and a place for everything at this juncture it is of vital importance that he establish meaningful relationships with the Chineese that can foster sustainable development for Dominica

  19. %
    August 22, 2017

    I listened intently at the press conference, and what struck me is the fact that some of our journalist brings down the level of what I know to be journalism. Its either that THEY DO NOT READ, or they are doing the bidding of those to whom they are beholden . Long before the 2014 GENERAL ELECTION, it was made PELLUCIDLY CLEAR to the world the UWP’s position on the one China policy? Is there a journalist on island who does not know that? Hey man quit the doggone job you are useless. You dont read! Going forward, I think Skerrit should be bombarded with the question of issuing a statement on the China anti corruption campaign, LEFT, RIGHT and CENTER. I guess China wants to hear his position as well.
    PATRIOTS Linton,,Danny, Ezekiel, Joshua, Felix Thomas, Hector John, Crispin… WELL DONE! You all can represent me, nationally, regionally and internationally. Not the misleaders of the DLP!!!
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

    • August 22, 2017

      Linton saying in 2014 that his party would not resume diplomatic relations with Taiwan, is not an acceptance of the One China Policy. He never said he would recognize the One China Policy then, he is only now saying it. So stop defending a lie and stop playing with words.

      • D. John
        August 23, 2017

        In order to have diplomatic relations with China, you must accept the One China Policy. This is automatic and a prerequisite condition set by the Chinese government.

        China doesn’t and will not have diplomatic relations with you accept his unconditionally.

        Although Linton did not mention the One China Policy by name in 2014, he knew fully well the conditions of the Chinese Government, or else he would not have said it. When he said the UWP will continue diplomatic relations, he is already accepting the One China Policy.

      • %
        August 23, 2017

        Stop raising you blood pressure my friend.The trip to China came and gone.It made Skerrit feel embarrassed,and exposed his lies.
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

  20. %
    August 22, 2017

    LLL, Leader Lennox Linton, the quintessential Dominican, PATRIOT #1,the quick-witted perceptive and perspicacious leader, my paragon of leadership, the man who has the gravitas to lead and the man who is as sharp as a tack, WELCOME BACK ATRIOTS. Will Skerrit still tell his fools that China only knows Skerrit?, Anyone with JUST HALF A BRAIN, knows the embarrassment the trip BROUGHT to the DLP. It is clear that people are listening to the countless cries of MISGOVERNANCE on island and some are willing to act..This press conference, shows TRANSPPARENCT, ACCOUNTABILITY and respect. Where is Skerrit hiding? What are the other 17misleaders in his cabal telling him? IS it OK to just go and return, NO QUESTIONS ASKED? They must know that no cursing, vilifying, insulting, can stop that train, The wheels of justice turns slow, but it turns all the same, Ask Laseng, Corallo and Madueke, among others.
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

  21. Primrosette
    August 22, 2017

    I listened to Linton today and hmmmm well well oh what a difference a ride and food makes. Well UWP supporters, what can you say about Skerrit now? Linton turn judge jury and geographist we on china and its borders and land dispute? What was preventing him from seeing things this way before? I know all you vex but like Labourites all you will defend, good luck with that. :mrgreen:

    • Me
      August 22, 2017

      Is that all you can come up with Primrosette? You must be flummoxed.

    • Peeping Tom
      August 22, 2017

      :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • August 23, 2017

      UWP is like a common *****. All the time their foot wasn’t in oil, they didnt like/want ‘the man’, now ‘the man’ treat them with plane ticket and gong bao chicken and spring rolls, they love ‘the man’. Their typical gold digger style.

      • Me
        August 23, 2017

        Say whatever you like, the fact is your leader was caught with his pants down.

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