Nevis prime minister says support for Taiwan will continue

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, January 23, 2008 – Dollar diplomacy by China may work for some Caribbean nations but St. Kitts and Nevis is standing by the so-called `rebel state` of Taiwan.

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas insists his government has no intention of severing diplomatic relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan in favor of mainland China.
`We took an informed position that we would prefer to support Taiwan because Taiwan at the moment can bring the greater support in the advancing of the economic, social and political development of the people, that is what we pursue in our foreign policy,` Douglas told reporters during the recent OECS Heads of Government Meeting in Roseau, Dominica.
Douglas, however, admitted that the country will `continue to review our position from time to time because of the changing geopolitical circumstances.`

St. Kitts and Nevis is among five Caribbean countries that continue to have diplomatic relations with Taipei instead of China. They include St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Taiwan is recognized globally by 23 states including the Holy See of Vatican City. (