Minister of Agriculture and MP for Paix Bouche, Matthew Walter, says he is flabbergasted that the United Workers Party (UWP) intends to maintain diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.
“Lennox Linton must not forget the number of times the UWP made disparaging comments in an attempt to relegate and denigrate the People’s Republic of China and their assistance given to the people of Dominica,” he said.
Earlier this week Linton told a press conference that the UWP has no intention of reverting diplomatic relations to Taiwan and will continue ties with China.
“Contrary to what has been suggested to end diplomatic relations with China, we will continue those relations,” he said. “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 People’s Republic of China and the Commonwealth of Dominica.”
But Walter described Linton’s words as “lip service.”
“Dominicans don’t forget when the UWP was on a campaign vehememtly asking the Chinese here to go home,” he remarked. “This is enough of lip service which has no profound and genuine elements of mutual and friendly diplomatic relationship.”
He stated the entire matter is a way of tricking Dominicans into voting the UWP.
“The UWP cannot like the Chinese biscuit and use it as a bait to camoflage themselves to trick Dominicans to vote for them while in earnest they hate the Chinese civilazation,” Walter said. “They must come clean, a leopard cannot change its spot.”
He said the Dominica Labour Party cherishes Dominica’s relationship with China.
“We believe in the principles that forge this relationship between Dominica and China,” Walter said.
Dominica established relationship with China in 2004, severing a 21-year diplomatic stint with Taiwan.