UWP reiterates China position

Linton said the UWP will not revert to having diplomatic ties with Taiwan
Linton said the UWP will not revert to having diplomatic ties with Taiwan

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.

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123 Comments

  1. supporter
    April 4, 2014

    dominicans always sitting on their brain.So you all believe he can just tell china he cutting them out if he win.the pm already put us in bond with debt from china so we cannot do give china nothing back.lennox is being real he cannot just tell china pack up and leave.think people think.

  2. Just Blaze
    April 3, 2014

    Government needs to negotiate better in these contracts with China. They need to put some stipulations that local workers and local suppliers be given priority in procurement of goods and services on those projects.

    Its not good for morale when fellas sitting by the road unemployed and chinese passing them going to work.

    I know some retarded on here is going to say Chinese workers more serious Dominicans lazy and blah blah blah. But thats not true Dominica has lazy and hard working people like anywhere else in the world. So give our people our work.

  3. LINTON / MARIGOT
    April 3, 2014

    Linton and UWP stop flip…….. flopping…… we don’t know from day to day what you all are up to, this is telling us how the UWP Government is going to run the affairs of our country. They have no leadership qualities

  4. Consistency
    April 3, 2014

    I hope Dominican’s re-elect Skerrit back into office. I took a flight with Mr. Lenox, he is not ready to drive the progress in Dominica. I hope that the people make the best decision between both evils.

    • phil me
      April 5, 2014

      you are so right they are not ready to run this island

  5. April 3, 2014

    Dominicans must not forget the layout river hotel uwp killed it. is the new leader going against the previous one? He must tell us. We not must forget is the same Lenox who had so many altercation with the developers of that same hotel. So even though he has repented the Chinese need to be careful

  6. Emile Zapatos
    April 3, 2014

    Linton does not have a clue on foreign affairs. He does not understand the difference between a one china policy and a two china policy. He does not accept that that MOU are classified because of diplomatic protocol. He does not know that even though you do not like a country ,you don’t snob their diplomat and give a lame excuse of late invitation. Skerrit did not make these rules of engagement.
    Skerrit is demonstrating a foreign policy that is all inclusive(my analysis). Linton displays an attitude of arrogance and confrontation which is not sustainable.

  7. Ohhh Dominica!
    April 3, 2014

    Dominicans never seize to amaze me. Lennox is basically saying that Dominica is already in bed with China so he will maintain Dominica’s fidelity and remain with China.

    When Skerrit signs agreement with China he is not signing on behalf of himself or his family, he is taking decisions on behalf of DOMINICA, so it’s only prudent that any incoming government t try to maintain these agreements and clean them up if necessary. Lennox is being honest, he can’t say he will sever ties when he has a very good idea that this may not be possible.

    I think sometimes we appear to be sitting on our brain. How difficult is that to analyze and understand?

  8. UWP?
    April 2, 2014

    Well if you guys agreeing with everything Skerrit doing, I jumping ship. I just giving him the vote instead. I for a new change, not the same but it looks like all the ideas already there with skerrit. If u agree to stay with China, you have to honor the MOU and the One China Policy. I don’t agree with that and I really thought that you all didn’t agree to by what was being said. Now you all agreeing with Skerrit! I voting him instead. Looks like he is way ahead so why turn back the clock by vote all you? I want real change and not fake change.

    • phil me
      April 5, 2014

      true that

  9. Islandal
    April 2, 2014

    When Lenox Was a radio hosts he hated China….. Now. He. The. Party. Leader he’s embracing China….. Will the real Lennox please stand up please stand up :-P :-P :-P Dominicans would be crazy to elect that man

    • Simply the Truth
      April 2, 2014

      :lol: :lol: :lol: Some people cannot make up their mind. They are neither here nor there. As the winds change course, they also change their minds to suit them. You can’t be sure about such people. They are unpredictable and unreliable even in their words. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      April 3, 2014

      Does Team Dominica have free tickets to the moon? Will they get us a Mary Poppins umbrella for the ride?

      We are more likely to get that than see a UWP relationship with China. Are they wanting us to forget their slogan o Change is a Must!! Change from China has to be one of their changes if ever they were to be elected.

      Dominicans are listening and will not be fooled.

    • Anonymous
      April 3, 2014

      @Islandal…When you were a child did you not act as a child? So what exactly is the point that you’re trying to make. LL is acting in his capacity as the now political leader of a party seeking to represent the people of a country. This goes to show the maturity of a man who is ready and willing to reevaluate himself, his previous bias and his own personal beliefs in an effort to make decisions that are in the best interest of the people of Dominica. I can’t say the same for Mr Skerrit who runs things his way and that is why so many persons are unemployed while the Chinese Work; It’s not that their services, finances and alliance isn’t welcome, It’s that the deals that are cut should be beneficial to both countries

      • phil me
        April 5, 2014

        which maturity he is not ready to run Dominica

  10. DEL
    April 2, 2014

    these guys changing tunes like iguana changing color.

    • &
      April 2, 2014

      @DEL Well what do you expect of Skerrit and his clowns?. Skerrit believes that China has a relationship with him Skerrit, and not Dominica. He has even had some of his DESPERATE AND GULLIBLE supporters saying the sam thing.
      I FULLY SUPPORT LINTONS STANCE. At least he has a head on his shoulder and can reason. I cannot say the same for Skerrit.

      • DEL
        April 2, 2014

        The reason I said that I got a message that dont make a mistake WUP are no good.

    • dominica
      April 2, 2014

      is this unique to lennox? crazt tee went up for uwp now he labour . pm was yfm now he labour, dr. darroux was uwp now he labour. this is not new or unique to any one person or country. grow up man. grow up.

  11. Zorpafeb
    April 2, 2014

    It’s the same nonsense with allyou fellahs getting on like illiterates. I like Mr. Linton’s position on China. It’s Skerrit who thinks that every country that Dominica has diplomatic relations with, he must find himself in the leader’s house, make friends with his family, wet the flowers in the yard with the garden hose and eat 200 dishes at a meal while diplomatically begging a money (using poor people’s name) for him to spend. Dominica is not a one man country or a jardin patat. It belongs to the people. Change is a must, not an option

  12. against
    April 2, 2014

    china is not the pms friend its dom not vieille case i am now voteing linton

  13. nom la
    April 2, 2014

    For d amount of negativity uwp say about china,chinese dis dat,china was d worst ting on earth .u tink china dont know wat uwp was saying.

    • dominica
      April 2, 2014

      do you live on earth? politics a big game in the world so don t stess out yourself ok.

  14. Not a herd follower
    April 2, 2014

    DNO, your story states ”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.”

    I THINK the phrase ”heavily criticized” is misleading. The criticism is only coming from the usual DLP mouth pieces of the Chronicle and Kairi fm. DNO ought to be even more careful here since the talking point (re ”UWP Shuns China” as the Chronicle puts it) is a fabrication.

  15. Sout Man
    April 2, 2014

    “We will not do what Skerrit and company did by switching to some other country,” said Mr. Linton. That’s very simplistic and naïve. It’s a betrayal of one’s principles. That represents a change of allegiance and the Taiwanese will tell you that much.

    Having said that; welcome aboard!!! But having used the same argument you criticize labourites for not switching parties, will not pass un-noticed.

  16. Anonymous
    April 2, 2014

    DNO, your story states ”Within the past few days the [UWP] party was heavily criticized for its no show at a reception commemorating ten years of diplomatic ties between Dominica and China.”

    The criticism is only coming from the usual mouthpieces of the ruling DLP, which are the Chronicle and Kairifm. It is misleading to say that the UWP has been heavily criticized, especially when the talking point is a fabrication by a political rival (in this case, the DLP)

  17. ____________________
    April 2, 2014

    I just love this man. Brilliant Team BRILLIANT LEADERSHIP!

    • Suspect
      April 2, 2014

      What is Brilliant about a man who has on clear direction or new initiatives to govern the country but to follow whatever the present government has embarked upon? I call this following the Leader – Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit.

      • ?????????
        April 2, 2014

        @ Suspect IT IS APPARANT THAT YOU ARE PANICKING. Take it easy. Change is not an option. IT IS A MUST.

      • Suspect
        April 3, 2014

        ??????????. Everything in life is a choice and so is Change. UWP cannot bully Dominicans to choose them no matter how hard they try.

    • phil me
      April 5, 2014

      who! LEADERSHIP! where?

  18. Emile Zapatos
    April 2, 2014

    Sure , right. After you snob China with you excuse of late invitation because you thought you were hurting the DLP in general and the PM in particular. When you are not invited you crash the party when you are invited you claim late invitation. You could not make the effort to attend but that shows that you remain in tour boycott policy. The only policy you know on foreign policy is BOYCOTT.
    The track record of the UWP, old and new , is that of hostility to Venezuela , Cuba ,Haiti and China.
    Now you are just playing verbal politics.

    • Sout Man
      April 2, 2014

      In their arrogance, they do not want to be invited to the State House after spending the last couple years criticizing it. They do not want to “legitimize” its construction.

      But they want to control it.

      • T
        April 2, 2014

        ITS A STATE MALICE, not a apalace. Part of the money should be used to create employment and sustainable jobs. Bad Leadership. That’s why Change is Comiig.

    • %
      April 2, 2014

      @Emile. Emile i hear you are the most desperate Labourite on island. Can you answer to that EMILE? Is it true that you were rushed to PMH, because the pressure had sky rocketedEMILE? Is it already LOST OF POWER SYNDROME THAT CAUSED THAT EMILE? Emile can you please refer to Lennox Linton as “The Income PM Emile? Emile can you please refer to Skerrit as “The Outgoing PM Emile?

      • Simply the Truth
        April 2, 2014

        Watch out for your health. This includes your life. Tomorrow was promised to no one. Health is uncertain and so is life. The best thing you can do is to be kind about that and ask God to keep you healthy and give you long life. You will only receive it, if it is pleasing to God.
        Never make nasty comments about the health of others. You do not know what will happen to you soon enough when you least expect it. Illness, suffering and death are no respecters of age and people.

      • Emile Zapatos
        April 3, 2014

        @%, Sir if I have high blood pressure I know a Granny medication that is not prescribed. The main ingridience are papaya (pawpaw) cucumber and parsley. Sir please remember it because you will need it after the 21 to 0 defeat of the uwp (NEW or OLD)
        How do you expect me to be impressed with a political party that says one thing to day and displays opposite actions. Or a party with no ideology or any form of foreign affairs. This is the 21 centuary.
        A party like this can only result in instability and disaster for Dominica. So Skerrit will stay.

      • Alive
        April 3, 2014

        % you have espwa mal parpai. Lennox Linton will only become a prime minister of Dominica in his dreams.

      • Emile Zapatos
        April 3, 2014

        @%…….Sir I meant to say any form of foreign policy.
        If I was writing a screen play for a political pantomime based on the three stooges , the leading character would be based on the performance of Lennox Linton who once had no use for Marigot . Or I could do an Abbot and Castello based on you and Lennox.

    • tia lung
      April 2, 2014

      Well if that is the non-option change the uwp is promising we better off with skerro! Just following in skerrit foot steps after you criticize the chinese so much

      • Simply the Truth
        April 2, 2014

        Make good note of that. This is exactly what UWP will do if elected, continuing where PM Skerrit would have left off and was unable to complete. They have no new ideas. Any ideas will be copycats.

    • phil me
      April 5, 2014

      well said lol thank you

  19. stephen
    April 2, 2014

    Well over the past ten years a certain group bashed the Chinese like old clothes ( if people are honest ask the know all radio station to play the tapes of the programme YOU & I ) now it seems they are eating their vomit.

    • Anonymous
      April 2, 2014

      Totally agree, those radio programs should be replayed. Mr. Linton may have a short memory but we don’t.

  20. Hold Dem Original
    April 2, 2014

    Wey wey wey…… Lennox you faux-pas again???? ……..
    I suspect if Skerrit keeps the pressure up by December, Lennox will be singing …woy, woy woy something happening…..

    • Bogoroy
      April 2, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  21. Anonymous
    April 2, 2014

    Mr Linton and his team has no foundation with their plans to move the country forward when they get in office So he has no other choice than to eat his own vomit. The people are paying very close attention Sir.

  22. Keeping Them Honest
    April 2, 2014

    @ HMMM
    The UWP supporters are not the only ones campaigning against this outrageous form of gentrification taking place in Roseau. Dominicans have been opposing this infantile approach to diplomatic relationship. Diplomacy without proper preparation is like playing a sound with no instruments. WE MUST DISCUSS DIPLOMACY AMONG OURSELVES BEFORE WE TAKE IT TO THE WORLD. We are not opposing the relationship with China…we are in opposition to the secrecy of the intricacies of our MOUs. If you’re not inclined to understanding the details of these agreements, then fine, but just remember that many of us are business scholars and are very much interested in what formulates our agreements.
    What they have been saying, WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE UWP OPPOSITION is the same thing we are saying now…don’t entertain the notion that we need to know on a need to know basis. Because who determines what we need to know? JUST BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT EVERYTHING-we will take it from there.

  23. hmm
    April 2, 2014

    The DLP is feeding off the ignorance of many Dominicans especially the young voters.

    Do you really think that if the UWP wins an election in Dominica that the Chinese are going to be at a loss for what to do? They will seek friendly engagements with the new government so fast that it will make your heads spin. This is not about Roosevelt Skerrit. The Chinese established diplomatic ties with Dominica and it can continue easily with or without the current prime minister in office. The same applies to Venezuela.

    Diplomatic relations do not work the way this DLP government wants you to believe.

    • As I See It
      April 2, 2014

      You sound like a UWP, why have you reduced yourself?

      Hector John must love your company

  24. IFF I WUZ
    April 2, 2014

    Parry, I would tell Dr. Aaron, Mr. Astaphan and Kamala, they should first ask Mr. Lennox Linton what he meant by,” Enlightened Global Citizenship,” before trying to ridicule him on the radio. It would appear that they are not clear of the connection as it relates to foreign policy.

  25. alas
    April 2, 2014

    WE voting DLP

    • Simply the Truth
      April 2, 2014

      You bet! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  26. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    April 2, 2014

    what what what what what uwp just cannot win because theyre not ready and too much gabbage in their candidates luggage

  27. PU PU SEE
    April 2, 2014

    WORKERS CANNOT win the election

  28. native son
    April 2, 2014

    beliving in one china policy is nothing more than selling our country right to speak on international matters. another kind of SLAVERY. you can be sure CHINA is influence politic on the ground.when will we learn is it when our back is against the wall?

  29. Ronald
    April 2, 2014

    Mr. Linton, will you recognize the “One China policy”? Stop using flowery language to fend your way out later. It is simple. Do you or Team Dominica recognize “the One China Policy”.

  30. kingshill upper
    April 2, 2014

    change is a must but WORKERS BROAKS WE!!!!!

  31. rodeantfia
    April 2, 2014

    My party is involved in too much roro and its time they go back to the drawing board. Look at the labor party they just there lolling us.

  32. eyes open wide
    April 2, 2014

    how do u want to be my friend and when i invited u to my party u dont so up hmmmmm :-P

  33. native son
    April 2, 2014

    the MOU must be open and transparent if not ordinary DOMINICA like me will never fell comfortable with the CHINESS present on island.

    • Tell it like it is
      April 2, 2014

      Native son – that is so much garbage, you like most Dominican have someone in a foreign country some have broken the laws of foreign country , the Chinese have not committed any crimes but yet you all are not comfortable with their present, wow. There more Dominicans living overseas then the 70,000 that here in Dominica but yet we harbor so much HATE toward other RACES no behalf of others, you people are real MAMA LUKES

      • Dominican
        April 2, 2014

        You’re Missing the Point Mr. tell It Like It Is! :oops:

    • As I See It
      April 2, 2014

      You sound like one of Lennox kids

  34. 27 Million Malice
    April 2, 2014

    Dear LL

    Its so absurd that we continue to shoot ourselves in our foot through the use of our mouths. Let me make it quite clear….I shall register to vote just in case my mind is changed to vote. DNO is nothing but a wing of the opposition and they are trying to do this with a certain degree of subtlety. There are many views which come from the DLP pips and are not being published. That trend is so obvious. My self have submitted a lot of non defamatory and accurate comments and they were pushed under the mat. This posture is un professional and untenable.
    I am of the belief that it was this UWPwee that went around the place criticizing this State House Complex and now theyre making a big hoopla over some invitation or non invitation or late invitation matter. This is a big joke , so you are saying that your neighbor’s house is dirty and is hunted and was built with drugs money or you think that house is no good or the owners stole it etc and yet still when your neighbor’s didn’t invite you to the party in that same house or you got a late invitation you blue vex. That is complete none sense. There are 3 elected members of the UWP and 4 senators hence 7 invitations were sent out and not even one could have represented their party. That BOUYCOTT BLIGHT MUST END if not DA PEOPLE WILL BOYCOTT ALL YOU AT D POLLS.

    • artfield
      April 2, 2014

      I can say otherwise, I don’t support any political party, but I have written posts that were never published

    • %
      April 2, 2014

      @27 Million Malice. ARE YOU ONE OF THE DESPERATE LABOURITES???????? I never knew you were such a passive individual. You should have registered to vote already man, JUST DON’T WASTE THE VOTE. On the question of DNO being a wing of the opposition, you are so dumb , you have not even realized that the same DNO YOU ARE CRITICIZING, has published your cesspool of garbage. Why can’t you have some of your thrash heard on the ANIMAL SHOW. I am certain you and your ilks will have a field day there.
      Let me take the opportunity to commend Linton first for his EXAMPLARY LEADERSHIP of the UWP from the time he took up the position of leader. Thank you sir for for yeoman service for the country, and for making the UWP position on China made to all. No DESPERATE GROUP,PARTY OR GANG SHALL DERAIL The United Workers Party, from freeing the poor and indigent OF DOMINICA from the brutal, vile, wicked and evil clutches of this Labour Party government.
      LINTONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

    • Not a herd follower
      April 2, 2014

      Obviously, you do not understand issues. It is the DLP through its media outlets that is making the absence of UWP at the event to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Dominica and China an issue which it hopes will gain it political mileage. The UWP is only responding to the criticism of the DLP. Learn to be critical in how you think rather than have a knee-jerk reaction.

    • Tell it like it is
      April 2, 2014

      27 Million Malice – YOU could not have said it any better

    • %
      April 2, 2014

      @ 27 Million Malice Yes i still call it a State Evil. This money chould have been used to put you to work. It’s only you and Skerrit that would do such a thing.

  35. DC
    April 2, 2014

    Lennox wants to be PM by any means necessary. He is saying what the people want to hear and not what he thinks. Lennox, you are attesting to the fact that our formidable leader made a great move by signing agreement with China. We are moving forward as is, therefore, we won’t go backward with Mr. Linton’s perspective of the way he wants Dominica to be. UWP, no way! DLP, all the way!

    • %
      April 2, 2014

      @DC He does not want to be PM by any means. HE WILL BE PM after the election is called THIS YEAR. And please address the honourable gentleman as ” The incoming PM”. HAVE MANNERS!
      LOVE YOU LENNY!

  36. BALTHAZAR
    April 2, 2014

    cHANGE iS A Must

    • Tell it like it is
      April 2, 2014

      Why are you people so LATE nah, CHANGE been happening long time now. Check out FACEBOOK page: Tell It Like It Is. You are just to later to the party or DJ PM is playing tracks you all can’t dance.

  37. Francisco Telemaque
    April 2, 2014

    “Contrary to what has been suggested to end diplomatic relations with China, we will continue those relations,”(Lennox Linton).

    Lennox, what is wrong with reestablishing diplomatic relations with Taiwan?

    As far as we are concerned Taiwan as of this day is yet an sovereign nation, even though China’s intention is to eventually annex Taiwan; nevertheless, Dominica as a sovereign nation also do reserve, and has the right to establish diplomatic relationship with any country in the world; if and when we so desire!

    We can continue our relationship with China; however, we as a people we should not allow any nation on this planet to dictate to us which nation and its people we should chose to be associated with. They say that Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean which has pledged complete loyalty to China.

    In fact that is what is meant by “the one China policy,” or principal, as the Chines termed it; that policy demands complete loyalty by our government to China. Have we shed the yokes of British colonialism, only to become servants in bondage to the Chines, and jump; when they say Jump, we simply ask how high?

    We were released from the colonial system; at the moment the present government has decided to sever every and all connection with the Privy Council in London, determine not to have anything to do with a white justice system. If we allow Chain to dictate to us who our friends should be, we would have at this point and time of our history, return our nation to the bondage of economic slavery.

    One need to realize that China is not giving us anything for free, our nation is indebted to China, they are benefiting from us more than we have benefited from them; and if there is anything they have given us for free, I suggest we could have given that pittance to our self.

    Our peoples’ priority should be the industrializing of our nation, we need to have something to trade, and that something is not agricultural products. As long as we procrastinate it is the longer we shall remain dependant at the mercy of some foreign power such as China, in that case we would have sold our birth right of our country to the Chines.

    Do not get me wrong, the Chines who chose Dominica as an adapted home we should welcome, and treat them as if they were born in Dominica, however, this complete loyalty crap to the dictators of China, is a pile of Baloney, and should be tossed out of the window!

    Let me say one of the reasons China has it tentacles attached to basically all the poor nations of the world, is for one simply purpose, and is for the day when they invade Taiwan; they expect to get support from these poor nations within the United Nations!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • artfield
      April 2, 2014

      annex Taiwan from what?

      • Francisco Telemaque
        April 2, 2014

        One of the reasons people like you have to write under some fictitious name is because you lack commonsense, intelligence, education have evaded you also. The mere fact that you ask a stupid question like that tells me that you are either not familiar with the English language, or you are just an dunce!

        Even if you did not complete kindergarten, you should know the meaning of “Annex”; so, I welcome the opportunity to embarrass you by exposing your lack of scholastic education.

        Note: When people speak in terms of “Annex” it means to attach as a quality, consequence, or condition to join together, materially, or in other words unite or to add to something. Hence, making larger, or more important.

        In the case of a country it means to incorporate a country, or other territory within the domain of a state, to obtained or take for oneself, is known as annexation!

        The noun I believe is an-nex-ation-al, the adjective is annexationist. so the question you ask: “annex from what”? It is not only a dumb question; it is also a very stupid question.

        I make plenty of errors when I write, one may find left out words and fragmented sentences; however, I try not to make myself a fool. If you do not understand what you read there is nothing wrong with asking a question rather than writing something in a derogatory way making belief that you are darn smart; when you are not!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Sout Man
      April 2, 2014

      What if we believe that Taiwan belongs to China? You and your adopted country support Israel’s annexation of the occupied territories, citing 2000 year old biblical doctrines; why shouldn’t China annex a rogue province that gave shelter to the oligarch and bourgeoisie, just over half a century ago?

      • Francisco Telemaque
        April 2, 2014

        Stout Man, argue that with God Jehovah: not Francisco Telemaque; nevertheless, before you attack Israel, and the Bible, keep in mind that God said in his words, he will bless those that bless Isreal, and cruse those who curse Isreal

        I am sure you are no competition, or match to Jehovia God, and that is unless you are a god yourself!

        And that is all I will say about that.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Sout Man
        April 3, 2014

        Dear God,

        Please enlighten me. Why do present day humans favour a few Jews over all the children of Abraham, the 12 Tribes of Israel? Why do a Jews born in Russia have more rights than a Palestinian born in Israel? Why are the killers of Jesus Christ and the butchers of Sabra and Shatila given so much favour today? Is biblical Israel limited to the 10,000 square miles of territory east of the Mediterranean Sea and a few white Jews or is it all the children of God who, by the blood of Jesus/Mohamed/Yashua, have repented and occupied the entire world?

        Please don’t call me stupid. Help me understand. Thank you.

        Sincerely,
        Sout Man

      • Sout Man
        April 3, 2014

        Correction; “Why does a Jew born in Russia have more rights than a Palestinian born in Israel?”

    • Emile Zapatos
      April 3, 2014

      @Francisco,……… that is just the point. A country is free to formulate a foreign policy towards either policy or both.
      But Linton does not have a clue on foreign affairs

      • Francisco Telemaque
        April 4, 2014

        Emile, I do not want to appear bias, by saying something in favor of one nor the other, so I will say if you believe that Linton has no foreign policy, I can apply the same to our prime minister Skerrit.

        Look I am not prepared to take side in this because Linton is my very close cousin, in that my father’s late mother Linton was supposed to call her aunt, since she was the biological aunt of Linton’s father!

        On the other hand Skerrit is (me Almost Nearly Cousin) puzzling to you, however I am not about to explain in details; all I can tell you I entertain a certain amount of respect for him.

        Nevertheless, if you believe that Linton has no foreign policy, or knows nothing about foreign policy we need to agree that neither Skerrit, nor any Dominican I know, knows anything about foreign policy. In the first place foreign policy is not simply a matter of taking sides with a foreign power simply because of what we can get from them.

        On the other hand, Dominica just as the rest of the Caribbean government has absolutely no say in world affaires even if we claim to be members of the United Nations. When last have you seen any world leader called on Skerrit, of his predecessors to consult him or them on any affair affecting any nation in the world.

        To name a few:

        Iraq

        Syria

        Afghanistan

        Israel

        And the now actions Russia’s Putting has taken in annexing part of the Ukraine; how many envoy’s have Dominica sent to the Ukraine to help deal with the matter at hand? What we found though, is that the United States, has already given Billions of Dollars to the new government of the Ukraine to ensure that their economy does not collapsed, in addition to that many Russians assets in the United States has been frozen, have you heard of the sanctions that are imposed on Russia, by the European, and the United States. No banks or credit card companies are allowed to conduct business with Russia, was Dominica involved in that decision?

        Was Mr. Skerrit invited to any of the meetings where the decisions were made to sanctioned Russia? Foreign Policy? Dominica’s foreign policy is only plenty of talk, such as what you saw when Cecil Joseph ran of his mouth here on DNO last month. Show me two Dominicans who have studied Foreign Policy, and diplomacy, and graduated, if you can do that maybe we may some day be in a position to develop some form of foreign policy!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  38. mel
    April 2, 2014

    These people never seize to amaze me UWP you all really don’t know what you all are about.

  39. justice
    April 2, 2014

    . well tell them if skerrit already start the good work with the chinese let him finish his job, all of a sudden Lennox agree to the China-Dominica relations. tell him go hide himself and the other hungry rats thinking Dominicans are stupid to vote them. LABOUR POWER SKERRIT FOR PM.
    tell lennox qualify himself first.
    true patriots will vote Labour party

    • rodney rock
      April 2, 2014

      Yor what u know about ties huh.u and the other labourats are hungry ctying out loud but yet still ur stupidity cuz u all to be opressed by a leader who only cares about himself and familly. What that amazes me is that u people dont have nothing. U all are broke or children cant find a job . U are the same people who cry and cry and say that everyting expensive in the country.u cry and cry and say that there is no jobs for ur kids.u cry and cry and say that money finishing fast.but yet still u all still jumping labour.i mean are u labourats brainwashed or what.if I was ur kid I wud take u responsible for being where they are right now

  40. Sylvester Cadette
    April 2, 2014

    My comment here is NOT TO TAKE SIDES but to enlighten based on a comment I saw.

    Global citizenship is a concept embedded in political philosophy. In recent times the adjective “enlightened” is added to underscore the worlds move to new knowledge, tolerance and mutual understanding in a new world order. it underscores critical and transformative perspective, world mindedness and holistic understanding.

    Global citizenship, in some contexts, may refer to a brand of ethics or political philosophy in which it is proposed that the core social, political, economic and environmental realities of the world today should be addressed at all levels—by individuals, civil society organizations, communities and nation states—through a global lens. It refers to a broad, culturally- and environmentally-inclusive worldview that accepts the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Political, geographic borders become irrelevant and solutions to today’s challenges are seen to be beyond the narrow vision of national interests. Proponents of this philosophy often refer to themselves as “CITIZENS OF THE WORLD” (kosmopolitês)”.

    I hope this helps. God Bless.

    • Peeping Tom
      April 2, 2014

      Thanks for trying, Mr. Cadette. We know all about the philosophy behind a “global citizen”, and “global citizenship.” Besides, it is easy to find a world of info on this perspective via the net.

      The problem for Linton, though, is multi-fold. First, “enlightened global citizenship” is NOT a foreign policy theory because it simply makes no pragmatic sense; just imagine the complications that would arise in trying to enforce virtual global communities from a macro level. Second, even if we were to apply YOUR explanation to what Linton has garbled, it still makes the UWPwee’s policy on China look moronic because it would, at a stretch, imply that the UWPwee wud seek to be friends with each and everyone, including Taiwan and China. Third, has Linton, to date, articulated how the theory of “global citizen” translates into a viable and sustainable UWPwee foreign policy fFOR DOMINICA? Has he?

      My conclusions is that Linton lives in a fairytale land. He is there, not because he wants to be there, but because he is simpy out of his league. The poor chap has no clue of what he is speaking.

      Remember his response to Joseph Thomas of SAT when Thomas asked him about the solutions to our economic woes? He recited a stanza of the national anthem. And that, Mr. Cadette, is the leader whom the UWPwee wants me to elect to lead my sweet Waitikubuli in turbulent times? Aleh sah la??

      • BALTAZAR
        April 2, 2014

        This is a most brilliant piece and its the type of analysis that we are in need of at this juncture. The continued misuse and abuse of language is unacceptable. When and how does malapropism lead any one or party to electoral victory? Dominicans are not foolish.

      • Sylvester Cadette
        April 2, 2014

        My Bro my aim was only to highlight the concept as existing. Not to attack you, or Lennox or anyone for that matter. I hope you saw it in that context.

        It was not even intended to contextualize or explain an individual’s position. That aspect I will not be drawn into. I wish we could talk off DNO so we could bounce ideas on concept rather than on the politics of the day.

        God Bless. Handshake.

      • Dominican
        April 2, 2014

        “Remember his response to Joseph Thomas of SAT when Thomas asked him about the solutions to our economic woes? He recited a stanza of the national anthem”
        Like you cannot understand what he means by that Stanza? SMH…

      • April 2, 2014

        “Our foreign policy will be that of an enlightened global citizenship” What an oxymoron.

      • April 2, 2014

        Hey the reason for the need for public debates so the moderator whoever he/she is can asked these hard questions to him and his oponents. but guess what he is ready to debate that imy friend are attributes of a true leader who is confident to take on concerns and is willingly to engage in discussion and clarifications openly and publicly. Then test the mans fortitude and depth on these issues. I dare say the same apparently does not hold true to the incumbent and none of his team as they continue to dock the public challenges being sent out for debates. wonder why!

      • Sylvester Cadette
        April 3, 2014

        Did I talk of Foreign policy? I am not here to defend anyone’s perspective. I just indicated that such a concept exist because someone said misleadingly that it does not exist.

        For example, if I say that democracy and communism exist as political systems – that is correct. But note I did not say which one is best !!!

        I think Dominica has become So Blinded by petty politics that we cannot have lost the ability to reason without labeling people RED or BLUE or GREEN or YELLOW.

        I believe in the UBUNTU philosophy MY COLOR IS BLACK – My heritage.

    • Doc. Love
      April 2, 2014

      Thank you for the explanation, Mr. Cadette. I was in the process to give my own explanation as regards my understanding of Enlightened Global Citizenship. I hope Tony, Aaron and Kamala will take the opportunity and educate themselves as to what Enlightened Global Citizenship is all about. The ridiculous statements that were made about Mr. Lennox Linton on Kairi because he used the term Enlightened Global Citizenship is a clear indication of our backwardness relative to our political thinking or maybe Mr. Lennox Linton’s political thinking has surpassed the political intelligence of the three stooges mentioned above.

    • As I See It
      April 2, 2014

      Cadette a enlightened global citizen is not the basis of your foreign policy.

      This is weak.

      Being well travelled, par example a tourist would that make them a global enlightened citizen or a foreign diplomat?

      • Anonymous
        April 3, 2014

        So they like to talk above peoples heads. I wonder who he trying to impress? Is it his close-knit comrades? Fellow Dominicans both at home and abroad, or his feeble atttempt to posture himself as a person steeped in foreign policy?

      • Sylvester Cadette
        April 3, 2014

        Did I talk of Foreign policy? I am not here to defend anyone’s perspective. I just indicated that such a concept exist because someone said misleadingly that it does not exist.

        For example, if I say that democracy and communism exist as political systems – that is correct. But note I did not say which one is best !!!

        I think Dominica has become So Blinded by petty politics that we cannot have lost the ability to reason without labeling people RED or BLUE or GREEN or YELLOW.

        I believe in the UBUNTU philosophy MY COLOR IS BLACK – My heritage.

  41. NiKa
    April 2, 2014

    Can someone please tell me or direct me to a link where I can find out how much money Dominica owes China?

    • NiKa
      April 2, 2014

      Ok thanks guess no one knows then.

  42. Neutral
    April 2, 2014

    I think Dominica as a sovereign nation has the right to establish diplomatic relations with any nation as it sees fit. To sever ties with Taiwan in order to satisfy China’s political agenda subverts Dominican’s independence.

    • Tell it like it is
      April 2, 2014

      …….. And what was the benefit of Taiwan ?

    • Emile Zapatos
      April 3, 2014

      @ Neutral…………You mean all those countries with diplomatic relations with China will have their independence subverted. When and Why? your comment make you sound like Lennox Lintonl.

  43. April 2, 2014

    Having diplomatic relationship is good, but you got to reserved you right to critizies

  44. sense
    April 2, 2014

    But I heard you say BOLDLY that when the west coast project would be over the Chinese government would give each employee fifty thousand dollars each to open a business to compete with the locals to put them out of business.I heard it myself on Q95 with Matt.Now he is singing a different tune,what hypocrisy.

    • Justice
      April 2, 2014

      This is a fabrication. Please stop misleading the public.

  45. Peeping Tom
    April 2, 2014

    “Enlightened global citizenship,” don’t be too ashamed to remind the world, DNO, that this is what Lennox Linton calls his version of the UWPwee’s policy on China. I wonder what Joshua and Thompson call their version.

    SMFH!!!

    P.S Doh axxe me what is “global enlightened citizenship” because i eh know. Dat is Lennox’s own creation. Not even Google knows. So, axxe him! Still SMFH!!

  46. Dominican
    April 2, 2014

    The outgoing DLP incompetence is making Pure Political Mileage with every given opportunity. They send late invitation with the hope that Opposition Officials will not show up then speeding upfront to tell the people that UWP will sever ties with PRC hence revert back to Taiwan. Did they ever say that? Where have they said it and when? SMH!!!

    • real possie
      April 2, 2014

      But my God Dominican if u as a regular person know the DLP only did that so the UWP guys would not show up so is this not the time to catch them and say not me u tricking noh do like Prevost show up, so now I could say you are smarter than those guys cause u saw it and they did not.

      • Anonymous
        April 2, 2014

        The uwp made it clear that they would not take part in any function where Charles Savarin was present in his capacity as President of The Commonwealth of Dominica. They also stated quite clearly what they thought of the new State House and therefore did not want to attend the function. It is therefore misleading that they would try to blame late invitation for not attending the function. According to Linton, some members received their invitation one day before the function so I believe that there was ample time for at least some members to attend the function.

  47. As I See It
    April 2, 2014

    Lennox and the UWP the damage has been done already and there is no trying to walk back, you have done your PUTIN Damage on China and they will not forget what you said for the last 10 years.

  48. SMDH
    April 2, 2014

    Ok…am doing a retake….so y should i vote for you again! What better are you going to bring to the table…Lennox a bird in the hand in worth two in bush! We will stick with wat we have…the devil we know!

  49. Let's Talk Dominica
    April 2, 2014

    As a responsible Dominican, no part which party I vote for and support, If I were to advise UWP on this issue I would tell them to demand that they see what is on the MOU before they state their position. I mean how can you say how can you say what you are going to do when you don’t know what is inked? Is that not of concern to Dominicans? What if later we get to know that part of the MOU is for China to legally take possession of parts of Roseau and Portsmouth and have us fenced out? What if part of the MOU requires a Chinese to be the president or PM of Dominica within the next 10 years? That reminds me of a couple that claimed to have gotton married in Dominica and invited 100’s to their reception, but only a relative of the bride to the wedding itself as their driver. Ten years later when things were not working for them, the woman pushed for a divorce knowing very well that she was never legally married to him. After poor man paid her for everything he discovered that they were Never married…she simply faked it in the presence of a very corrupt lawyer.
    UWP should demand that the MOU be made available to the public before they state their position. Can we trust Skerrit? Do we know what became of the much talked about ‘Bird Island” which was the dream of Rosie Douglas? Is that not the same administration that hired and signed a very controversial contract of $96,000.00 with Charles Wong?
    Skerrit is not a transparent leader and therefore to be part of any celebration organized by Skerrit, all should know what he signed on our behalf. Forget about the late invitation UWP received. UWP should just flat out demand a copy of the MOU as a condition to celebrate anything Skerrit is involved in.

    • Margotian 4mer blues
      April 2, 2014

      you are a flipping blues just come out straight and say that. The memorandum of understanding is all in the open for us to see in two terms 1. Check the New Chronicle 2. Go to Melville hall airport go to state house go to the west coast go to the stadium go to the dsc go t study in china go to yes we cure go to eye clinic go to the new hospital go employment agency etc etc etc etc

      • MARIGOT fORMER RED
        April 2, 2014

        In this 2014 Dominica IT IS BETTER TO BE BLUE.

      • Let's Talk Dominica
        April 2, 2014

        @Margotian former blue, I will not waste time with you because the nature of your comment reveals the person behind it. By the way, how could you be from Marigot and you cannot even spell the name of your village?

    • There you have it
      April 2, 2014

      You make a very valid observation. One must wonder, therefore, what is embedded in the MOU that has not been revealed to Dominicans? Like you, I would advise UWP to take a complete look at the yet to be shared MOU with China.

  50. Anonymous
    April 2, 2014

    LEts hear about the one china policy what are you going to do about that dear Lennox man of many tongues? Exactly how are you going to manipulate a relationship with China only on your terms? Some issues are better off ignoring Lennox esp when you what you are about.

  51. .
    April 2, 2014

    Good to see you doing a flip flop Linton. Next step is to admit that most of the charges you were making against the DLP were untruths and that the DLP is doing a fantastic job.

    • April 2, 2014

      well said, i second that.

  52. HMMM
    April 2, 2014

    OK the UWP supporters will be singing a different now about the Chinese… All the time their leaders were opposing the relationship the government has established with China, they blasting those Chinese down.. I want to hear what they have to say now.. :-D

  53. Dominican
    April 2, 2014

    Alas papa me roro. Dominicans are to idle find some work to do go and clean your garden.

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