The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has once again reiterated its position on the the People’s Republic of China saying it has no intention of reverting to diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
However party leader, Lennox Linton, said under a UWP government the people of Dominica will see greater benefits from the relations between Dominica and China.
“Contrary to what has been suggested to end diplomatic relations with China, we will continue those relations,” Linton told a press conference on Tuesday. “And it is our pledge, it is our committment 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.”
Linton said the UWP has no intention of returning to having diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
He pointed out that many people seem to misunderstand the UWP’s position on the matter. “There was a long time in our history, not too recent, when we had diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China on Taiwan,” he said. “We will not do what Mr. Skerrit and company did by switching over to some other country, in this case they are accusing us of wanting to go back to Taiwan. That is not our intention because we believe we are in a position to work effectively with the People’s Republic of China.”
According to the UWP leader, the party has clearly stated what its policy is going to be and, “the Chinese are aware of it, the government of Dominica, the handlers of the government of Dominica are aware of it.”
In October 2013, the UWP said would maintain its relationship with China if elected to office.
Within the past few days the party was heavily criticized for its no show at a reception commemorating ten years of diplomatic ties between Dominica and China.
However, party officials said they received invitations to the event late.
Dominica maintained a 21-year relationship with Taiwan until March 23, 2004 when prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, severed ties and established relations with China.
Since then China has embarked on a number of projects in Dominica including the E.O Leblanc Highway, the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, the new Dominica State College, the State House, among others.