Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton has explained his party’s position on the One China Policy, saying the party is in support of such policy.
Addressing a press conference held at the Prevo Cinemall on Tuesday, Linton said the party’s position was never negotiated but has to do with China’s territorial integrity.
“Our position on China was not negotiated,” he said. “We did not sit down in a room and with the promise of X amount of million dollars for this or for that … we believe in the One China Policy.”
Linton explained the party’s position based on the territorial integrity of China.
“Here is the basis on which we stand; very simply it’s a territorial integrity matter in the sense that what the Chinese are claiming is very simply, that the geographical space that represented China years ago before the internal difficulty surfaced, in fact, is China,” he stated. “That is the One China. So whether you go across the strait and you get into the island of Taiwan etc, all of that originally was Chinese land and that defines the territorial integrity.”
Dominica had maintained a 21-year relationship with Taiwan until March 23, 2004 when Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, severed ties and established relations with China.
Linton said the UWP made a decision on the matter years ago when ties with Taiwan were severed.
“We took a decision years ago, having regard to the fact that the Labour Party government entered into diplomatic relations with China in 2004,” he stated, adding the party decided that “should we come into office, we would not switch diplomatic relations.”
He said the party looks forward to the day, “hopefully sooner rather than later” when the territorial integrity issue of China will be amicably resolved.
The One China Policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day.
The policy can be traced back to 1949 and the end of the Chinese civil war. The defeated Nationalists, also known as the Kuomintang, retreated to Taiwan and made it their seat of government while the victorious Communists began ruling the mainland as the People’s Republic of China.
Both sides have always maintained they represented all of China.
After the end of the Chinese civil war, many countries recognized Taiwan and shied away from Communist China. Things changed in the 1970s when the United States and China saw a need to develop relations, with the US and many countries cutting ties with Taiwan in favour of China.
The US currently maintains unofficial relations with Taiwan.